Delhomme Opts For Surgery

Carr will steer division-leading Carolina for the rest of the season
By Jesse Andrews,  Newser User
Posted Oct 8, 2007 11:23 PM CDT
This photo provided by the NFL shows Carolina Panthers football player Jake Delhomme. Delhomme will miss the rest of the season after deciding to undergo surgery on his right elbow. Coach John Fox said...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – After a disappointing throwing session today, Panthers gunslinger Jake Delhomme will undergo season-ending surgery on his right elbow, ceding the starting spot to Houston castoff David Carr, who himself played through serious back pain to lead Carolina over New Orleans last weekend. Delhomme, a Pro Bowler, will require a rehab period of seven to nine months.

The Panthers, tied with the Buccaneers for the division lead, are not deep at the quarterback position; their only other signal-caller, Matt Moore, threw the first two passes of his career in temporary relief of a woozy Carr. Remarked coach John Fox, according to the AP: "Anytime you lose your starting quarterback it's a blow."