In a highly anticipated matchup between the New Orleans Saints and the struggling Carolina Panthers, the spotlight is on the imminent return of veteran quarterback Derek Carr. Reports from NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport confirm Carr’s successful clearance from concussion protoco.

As the Saints gear up to take on the 1-11 Panthers, Carr’s journey to readiness stands as a testament to resilience. Despite grappling with injuries, including a concussion, rib, and shoulder issues after the Week 13 loss to the Lions, Carr’s confidence in his preparation shines through.

Rigorous adherence to treatment and protocol allowed him to participate in limited practice sessions on Wednesday and Thursday, culminating in full participation on Friday. Despite a questionable label, the 32-year-old Carr reassured reporters about his condition.

Carr’s Crucial Role Amidst Uncertainties

A linchpin in the team’s performance, Carr has left three different games in his debut season with the Saints, contributing 2,761 passing yards, 11 touchdowns, and six interceptions to their 5-7 record.

With the NFC South still within reach, the Saints are banking on Carr’s consistency in the ongoing competition with the Buccaneers (5-7) and the Falcons (6-6). However, uncertainties persist regarding the availability of key offensive weapons for Carr.

Chris Olave, the wide receiver dealing with an illness, is listed as questionable after missing Thursday and Friday practices. Meanwhile Taysom Hill, also facing question marks, sat out the entire week due to foot and left-hand injuries.