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Ely and Plant in Limbo

Plant High's starting QB might be out for the Panthers' season-opening game against TBT -- or longer.
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Phillip Ely will have to wait until Wednesday to find out if worse case scenario, he's done for the season, or best case, he'll have to rest for a few days.

Ely will visit a back specialist on Wednesday morning, Plant coach Robert Weiner said, to go over scans the junior quarterback had done last week that will determine the extent of his injury. Bothered by constant back discomfort, that began this summer, Ely was held out of last Friday night's Kickoff Classic loss to Bradenton Manatee.

He also was sidelined during Monday's practice as the Panthers prepared for Friday night's regular-season opener against Tampa Bay Tech. Sophomore quarterback James Few took snaps with the first team at Monday's practice and would make his second consecutive start against the Titans if Phillip is unable to go.

In the loss to Manatee, Few threw for 188 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions.

Starting defensive back/wide receiver Eric Dungy (hip) and defensive tackle Joe Pappas (back) were also held out of Monday's practice. Dungy did some individual work, while Pappas is awaitng similar test results that Ely had done.