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Derek Carr Cleared From Concussion Protocol, Set to Start Against Carolina Panthers

New Orleans Saints quarterback Derek Carr has been given the green light after clearing the concussion protocol, signaling his return to lead the team in Sunday's face-off against the Carolina Panthers.

In a statement shared with the media by the team on Friday, Carr expressed his recovery, stating, "I have felt better, but I'm doing great, that's for sure."

Carr's recent concussion protocol entry came during the fourth quarter of last Sunday's match against the Detroit Lions, marking the second time within a month that he underwent this evaluation.

Previously exiting the Saints' clash with the Minnesota Vikings on November 12 due to a concussion, Carr made a swift return against the Atlanta Falcons following the team's bye week.

Despite encountering injuries in three games this season, Carr hasn't missed a single match. However, the Saints, with a current record of 5-7, have faced defeat in their last three games.

Addressing concerns about his back-to-back concussions, Carr emphasized undergoing additional testing during the week, reassuring, "Our doctors and the non-affiliated doctor said everything was perfect."

Carr's targets against the Panthers, albeit dealing with injuries, will have some reinforcements. Tight end Juwan Johnson, previously questionable with a quad injury, has been listed as active. Additionally, wide receiver Chris Olave, earlier questionable due to an illness, is set to join the lineup.

However, New Orleans will be without the versatility of Taysom Hill, sidelined due to foot and left hand injuries. Rashid Shaheed, another receiver listed as questionable, will miss this game but is anticipated to return for the upcoming clash against the New York Giants.

The Saints previously secured a 20-17 victory against the Panthers in Week 2, and with Carr's return, they aim to replicate that success in this Sunday's rematch.

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