Matt Moore’s return to practice with the Carolina Panthers following a leg injury in the preseason finale turned out to be brief one. Moore, cleared to return on Wednesday, was diagnosed with a broken left fibula and is out indefinitely.
Moore attempted to push off on his leg during practice and felt something pop. X-rays revealed the injury.
“He had gone out with the trainers and felt good (Tuesday),” general manager Marty Hurney said. “But something happened at practice. Hopefully he’ll be back as quick as he can.”
The injury to Moore leaves the Panthers thin behind starter Jake Delhomme. Josh McCown, acquired from Miami a day after Moore was injured, is the top backup. The Panthers re-signed Brett Basanez to the practice squad on Wednesday afternoon to serve as the No. 3 QB.
Hurney said Moore will not be placed on injured reserve.