As the Carolina Panthers prepare for Sunday’s NFC South showdown with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at home, it looks as if they will have to do it with David Carr starting at quarterback. Normal starter Jake Delhomme sat for the second straight day on Thursday, and all signs are not pointing to Carr getting his first start as a member of the Panthers. Delhomme is suffering from a strained right elbow that he suffered in the teams 27-20 win in Atlanta last Sunday.
Panthers head coach John Fox did not give a clear indication of who the team would throw out at QB Sunday. “He did not participate (in practice),” Fox said of Delhomme. “That’s all I’ve got to say and that’s all I’m going to say.” Clearly the Panthers have a better shot of winning with Delhomme taking snaps instead of Carr, but with the elbow being as it is, look for Carr to get the snaps on Sunday with Delhomme giving the elbow a week of rest.
In three games this season for the 2-1 Panthers, Delhomme has a QB rating of 111.9, and has thrown 8 touchdowns and one interception. Against the Falcons last week he was 10-of-18 for 109 yards with two touchdowns. Carr was brought in to save his career from the Texans in the offseason. Playing in 16 games with Houston in 2007, he threw for 2767 yards, 11 touchdowns and 12 interceptions. In five seasons with the Texans, Carr was sacked an amazing 249 times, an average of 49.8 times per season, including 76 times in his first season in 2002.