Just about this time last week, Carolina Panthers quarterback Jake Delhomme said that surgery to his strained right elbow was “a last resort”. After experiencing pain in his elbow attempting to throw on Monday, he decided to delay the inevitable. According to Mike Cranston of the Associated Press, Delhomme will have season-ending ligament replacement surgery on his elbow next week.
This unfortunate situation puts a damper on the precarious QB dilemna in charlotte, as reserve QB David Carr is banged up, as well. Panthers head coach John Fox said regarding Carr, “David is definitely sore. He’s still being evaluated.” The only other QB on the Panthers’ roster is Matt Moore, although unheralded Quinton Porter was signed to the practice squad 2 weeks ago. Team general manager Marty Hurney stated that the other QB’s available were being evaluated by the team; none were being scheduled to work out on Tuesday.
Assuming that Carr is healthy, he’ll more than likely lead the Panthers for the remainder of the 2007 season. Prior to his injury, Delhomme was off to a great start. Delhomme had completed 64% of his passes with 8 touchdowns and only 1 interception while his passer rating was 111.9 (tied for 3rd in the NFL after 3 weeks).