The Carolina Panthers signed veteran quarterback Jim Harbaugh Tuesday while placing quarterback Dameyune Craig and defensive end Jason Peter on injured reserve.
Craig saw the first extended regular season playing time of his career last week at Miami before sustaining a foot injury in the fourth quarter.
Peter has missed two of the last three games with a neck injury. This is a problem that has plagued him over several years. He had fusion surgery over the last off-season. This could be the end of the road for Peter, he has been injury-plagued throughout his four year career and has expressed concern numerous times about the lasting effects of his neck problems. Last year he played in nine games and missed seven games.
Harbaugh is a 14-year veteran who went to training camp with Detroit in 2001 and most recently played at San Diego last season. He entered the NFL as a number one draft choice of the Chicago Bears in 1987 and played seven seasons with the Bears before spending four years at Indianapolis, one year at Baltimore, and two with the San Diego Chargers. Harbaugh's best season came in 1995 when he threw 17 touchdowns and just five interceptions while leading the Colts to the AFC Championship game.
With starter Chris Weinke questionable with a shoulder bruise and Craig sidelined, the Panthers have reserve Matt Lytle as the only healthy quarterback on their roster. Lytle played briefly last week at Miami, completing two of four passes for seven yards.
In another move, the Panthers also waived offensive lineman Dwayne Ledford. Ledford, a Morganton, NC, native, played at East Carolina and was signed as a free agent when Kevin Donnalley was injured at Washington.