The Panthers have placed quarterback Jake Delhomme on injured reserve with a broken finger on his throwing hand, ending his worst season as a pro. Delhomme was hurt in a loss to the New York Jets on Nov. 29 and hadn’t played or practiced since, while Matt Moore has started the last three games and threw for a career-high 299 yards and three touchdowns in last Sunday’s upset win over Minnesota.
The Panthers (6-8) promoted quarterback Hunter Cantwell from the practice squad to take Delhomme’s roster spot. “We thought he might be further along as far as his finger,” Panthers coach John Fox said. “We kind of looked at it this week as far as gripping the ball, throwing the ball, and it wasn’t up to speed. We felt we needed to get another quarterback up.”