Immediately following the Carolina Panthers’ loss to the New York Jets on Sunday, both coach John Fox and quarterback Jake Delhomme acknowledged that Delhomme’s four-interception game could lead to a benching.
But now it may be an injury — not his lousy play — that leads to Delhomme spending Sunday on the sideline.
Delhomme has a broken finger, and Adam Schefter of ESPN is reporting that Delhomme, who is seeing a finger specialist today, is unlikely to play Sunday.
For the Panthers, benching Delhomme and playing Matt Moore would make a lot of sense even if Delhomme were completely healthy. The 25-year-old Moore has started three games in his NFL career, all as a rookie in 2007, and it’s probably time for the Panthers to take a closer look at him. The Panthers now appear likely to get that closer look against the Buccaneers on Sunday.