Report: Delhomme Won’t Start Vs. Vikings

Posted by Mike Wobschall on December 16, 2009 – 7:27 am

The Vikings visit the Carolina Panthers this weekend but they might not see the home team’s regular starting QB, according to a report by NFL Network’s Jason La Canfora.

Delhomme, who has been the Panthers starting QB since 2003 and has led the franchise to a Super Bowl, has endured a tumultuous stretch as of late. He played in only 3 games during 2007 but then bounced back in 2008 by leading Carolina to a 12-4 record and division title.

The shine was taken off that accomplishment quickly, however, because Delhomme threw 5 INTs and lost a fumble in the divisional round against Arizona. Then this season Delhomme continued to struggle with INTs, throwing 18 of them against just 8 TDs, before injuring his finger and being forced out of the last 2 games.

According to the report by La Canfora, Delhomme is still experiencing “swelling and discomfort” but will be re-evaluated at the end of the week to assess his chances of playing on Sunday. For now, though, La Confora described Delhomme’s prospects of playing as “doubtful.”

If Delhomme can’t play, 3rd-year pro Matt Moore will start in his place. Moore, who played collegiately at Oregon State, has completed 29 of 50 passes for 358 yards, 1 TD and 1 INT in the last 2 games.

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