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November 30, 2009

Panthers tight-lipped about Jake, but Cowboys' Romo missed 3 games in '08

The Panthers aren't saying much about how long -- or even whether -- quarterback Jake Delhomme will be sidelined with a broken finger on his right (throwing) hand, but a similarly-described injury caused Dallas quarterback Tony Romo to miss three games last season.

Romo also had the benefit of a bye week after his third missed start, giving him four weeks to recover before returning to the lineup.

Panthers officials haven't given any indication of the severity of Delhomme's injury, and whether it's comparable to the break sustained by Romo.

Current Vikings quarterback Brett Favre played with a broken thumb while with Green Bay, but Fox said Delhomme has a non-thumb injury.

Broken fingers are fairly common in the NFL and sometimes don't sideline non-skill position players, but can be much more debilitatiing when the injury involves a quarterback's throwing hand.

Coach John Fox said only that Delhomme would be "day to day," but certainly wouldn't be ready to take snaps when practice resumes Wednesday. That'll move backup Matt Moore into the lineup to work with the first team.

The closest Fox came to indicating how long Delhomme might be out came when he said: "I think with a broke finger, he's going to get a little time away from it."

Asked if Delhomme's injury could be season ending, Fox told reporters he'd learned of the injury in the past hour and would keep them posted.

Delhomme suffered the injury late in Sunday's 17-6 loss to the New York Jets when his hand was hit by a defender while completing a 24-yard pass to wide receiver Dwayne Jarrett.

Moore was careful Monday not to say whether he expected to start next Sunday against Tampa Bay, but said he thought it would be difficult for a quarterback to play with a broken finger on his throwing hand.

"I'm sure he could do it, but I'm not a doctor, I'm not Jake, so I don't know," said Moore. "It would probably be hard, I would imagine."

Delhomme wasn't available to talk to reporters in the locker room.

Fullback Brad Hoover said he thinks Moore, a third-year player who was 2-1 as a starter late in the 2007 season, is ready to take the helm.

"He's given an opportunity waiting in the wings, and now it's  up to him to take advantage of that," said Hoover.

"We've worked with him off and on through minicamps and training camp, but (having) an opportunity to get in there with our first offense is going to be something he's going to have to get used to, and we're going to have to get used to him as well. ... We'll just have to make the best of it."

-- Charles Chandler

Posted by Observer Sports on November 30, 2009 at 04:28 PM | Permalink

Comments

Don't give up Panther fans...I'm gonna need all of you cheering us on next season when I'm coaching on your sideline!!! P.S. And I promise not to put Delhomme in ;-)

Posted by: Bill Cowher | Nov 30, 2009 4:39:32 PM

Get it done Moore so we don't see Jake other than on the bench reguardless!

Posted by: panfan1 | Nov 30, 2009 4:40:16 PM

Honestly we are out of the race, mathematically we're not. The good thing is that four of the next five opponents are not going to want to lose to us (a team starting a back-up QB) as they position themselves for the playoffs, so we are going to see the best that the next 5 weeks have to offer going at Mr. Moore. Best wishes to at least a .500 record, can you imagine what that could mean for next year if Matt Moore wins at least 4 games and he would be 6-2 as a starter. Let me not get ahead of myself though, I doubt it will happen.

Posted by: ANILORAC OG | Nov 30, 2009 4:50:23 PM

I want to see the x-ray. This smells like a way to bench Jake, while saving face.

Posted by: Ben | Nov 30, 2009 5:12:45 PM

Thanks, Bill Cowher. But you also need to promise not to bring back Kordell Stewart, seeing as how you stuck by him while he clearly established himself as on of the least effective quarterbacks in the NFL. Six in one, a half dozen in the Cowher.

Posted by: jeff | Nov 30, 2009 6:34:49 PM

i heard he broke it in the uptown caberet, a stripper stepped on it. stripper gets a game ball. sounds like making more excuses for jake. fake injury.

Posted by: joe cool | Nov 30, 2009 7:04:06 PM

this just in ap reorts jake has been playing entire season with ten broken fingers

Posted by: joe cool | Nov 30, 2009 7:05:37 PM

Something stinks. I smell a rotten Chicken!

Posted by: Dr Sweers | Nov 30, 2009 7:21:34 PM

Guys, Guess what. John Fox has so little faith on out back up qb, A.J. Feeley, that he is going to start jake delhomme!!! ever notice that even if jake delhomme was dead that john fox would be on the field trying to make hiss body throw the ball. Im sorry jake you have been a great utility QB but its time for you to backup to someone else, were going to get his contract years out of him but hes going to back up. Lets try and get Tim Tebow in charlotte, he would fit out offensive so well adding the option to it.

Posted by: GodofWar | Dec 3, 2009 9:40:06 PM

Guys, Guess what. John Fox has so little faith on out back up qb, A.J. Feeley, that he is going to start jake delhomme!!! ever notice that even if jake delhomme was dead that john fox would be on the field trying to make hiss body throw the ball. Im sorry jake you have been a great utility QB but its time for you to backup to someone else, were going to get his contract years out of him but hes going to back up. Lets try and get Tim Tebow in charlotte, he would fit out offensive so well adding the option to it.

Posted by: GodofWar | Dec 3, 2009 9:40:07 PM

And Im ninety percent sure were going to start A.J. Feeley since he is better than Matt Moore and no one reallys knows we signed him

Posted by: GodofWar | Dec 3, 2009 9:41:23 PM

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