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A familiar face at quarterback will greet the Ravens when they take on the Carolina Panthers this Sunday.

Brian St. Pierre, who spent the 2005 season with the Ravens, will make his first career start. Panthers coach John Fox chose St. Pierre, 30, over rookie Tony Pike Thursday, according to media outlets that cover the team.

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St. Pierre fills in for rookie Jimmy Clausen, who suffered a concussion in the team's 31-16 loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers this past Sunday. Clausen replaced Matt Moore, who will miss the rest of the season after tearing the labrum in his throwing shoulder.

"He's accurate, competitive," Ravens nose tackle Kelly Gregg recalled of St. Pierre. "He's a good player. He was with Pittsburgh a little bit, and they produce some good quarterbacks. He's tough and competitive. He'll have it down. He'll be ready to play."St. Pierre, who was the third quarterback in the Ravens' final four games of 2005, was also the third quarterback for the Arizona Cardinals when they advanced to the 2008 Super Bowl. He has thrown just five passes in eight NFL seasons, but Gregg said that inexperience shouldn't be held against him.

"He's guy who's been around," Gregg said. "He was in Arizona and he was around [coach and former Steelers offensive coordinator Ken] Whisenhunt a lot. So he's going to be ready to play, and he's going to be anxious to play."

St. Pierre takes over an offense that ranks last in the league in both yards and points per game. His promotion is somewhat surprising because he was signed to Carolina's practice squad last week and was activated to the 53-man roster Tuesday,

But Ravens defensive end Cory Redding said the insertion of St. Pierre instead of Pike won't alter the defense's game plan.

"It doesn't make any difference to us," Redding said. "If it's a rookie or a veteran, it doesn't matter. Guys go out there to compete with pride, and he's going to go out there and do what's best for his team to try and win."

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