While the world waits on who will start at QB for the Carolina Panthers — Matt Moore or Jake Delhomme — coach John Fox said Thursday he likely won’t make a decision until Sunday morning.
Delhomme, though, did not practice for the second straight day on Thursday due to the broken finger on his throwing hand. Given his recent statements, it’s hard to imagine he’ll be able to play against the Bucs. He all but ceded that Moore will get his fourth career start, and his first since 2007.
“I think Matt is going to do an outstanding job,” Delhomme said. “When he played in ’07, here was a guy who came in the first week in September. So he didn’t have a basis for what we were doing.”
And, as recently as yesterday, Delhomme still wasn’t able to grip a football.
“I would be hard-pressed to grip a football right now,” Delhomme told Panthers.com. “We’re treating the heck out of it. We’re trying to get swelling out as much as we can. Then, who knows?”
Moore does have some brief starting experience. He filled in the last three games of 2007, completing 62 percent of his passes for three touchdowns and two interceptions while guiding the Panthers to a 2-1 record.
As for the Panthers’ other injuries, RB DeAngelo Williams (knee), WR Dwayne Jarrett (ankle), DE Charles Johnson (pectoral), WR Muhsin Muhammad (knee) and rookie CB Captain Munnerlyn (concussion) also did not practice. Fox said he remains hopeful Williams can play.
The injuries to Muhammad and Jarrett could potentially leave the Panthers thin at receiver. Other than Steve Smith, Kenny Moore and rookie Charly Martin are the only other receivers on the active roster.