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Carolina Panthers QB Jake Delhomme out for season

After injurying his elbow two weeks ago, Delhomme will need season ending surgery.

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Jake Delhomme last week called surgery on his strained right elbow “a last resort.” After experiencing pain trying to throw on Monday, the Carolina Panthers quarterback decided the worst-case scenario couldn’t be avoided.

Delhomme will have season-ending ligament-replacement surgery on his elbow next week, leaving the Panthers without their leader on offense and scrambling to find another quarterback.

“Anytime you lose your starting quarterback it’s a blow,” coach John Fox said.

Originally injured two weeks ago, Delhomme didn’t show any improvement when trying to throw Monday. A day earlier he threw briefly on the side while sitting out Carolina’s win over the Saints.

Carolina acquired former Houston Texan QB David Carr during the off season. The Panthers would appear in able hands except.

David Carr, is also banged up.

Carr, signed in the offseason after being a five-year starter in Houston, sustained a back injury against the Saints and his status for Sunday’s game at Arizona is uncertain.

“David is definitely sore,” Fox said. “He’s still being evaluated.”

The only other QB on the roster is undrafted rookie Matt Moore, who completed a 43-yard pass against the Saints while briefly subbing for Carr in the first half. Quinton Porter was signed two weeks ago to the practice squad.

Is it time to call Shane Matthews out of retirement or sign Jeff George? How about Quincy Carter? Desperate times call for desperate measures.

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