The oldest QB in the National Football League will get his second start Sunday for the Panthers. In a move that caught some with shock on Friday, the Panthers named 43-year-old Vinny Testaverde as their starter for Sunday’s key home matchup with the unbeaten Indy Colts. Vinny started for Carolina two weeks ago at Arizona and walked out with an impressive win for a player who had been with the team for five days.
Coach John Fox said that by naming Vinny the starter it does not mean anything against QB David Carr, who will miss the game with a back injury. “It’s not an indictment on David Carr by any stretch. I don’t feel he’s 100 percent,” Fox said. “He’s healthy enough to play, but I don’t think he’s 100 percent.” Fox went on to say he thought that Carr was not far enough along to play after suffering a fracture in his lower back on October 7th.
In the start against the Cards, Vinny was 20 of 33 for 206 yards, including the go-ahead 65-yard touchdown pass to Steve Smith in the fourth quarter of a 25-10 win. He seemed poised for a player that was out of a job just a few days before the start, and as crazy as it sounds he may actually give the Panthers their best chance to win their first home game of the season Sunday vs the Colts.