Delhomme has Tommy John surgery on right elbow

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Carolina Panthers quarterback Jake Delhomme underwent ligament-replacement surgery on his right elbow

Delhomme decided last week to have the season-ending procedure,
which calls for replacing the damaged ligament with a tendon from
another part of the body. The 90-minute surgery was performed by
team physician Dr. Pat Connor at Carolinas Medical Center.

"The surgery went well," Connor said in a statement. "His
postoperative rehabilitation will start soon and he has an
excellent prognosis."

Delhomme's rehabilitation is expected to take seven to nine
months. Delhomme has said he's confident he'll be ready for the
start of training camp in July.

The veteran quarterback, who has experienced elbow pain for
several years, aggravated the condition when he was sacked in a win
at Atlanta on Sept. 23. After sitting out two games in hopes he'd
feel better, Delhomme again experienced pain when trying to throw,
leading to the decision to have surgery.

Delhomme's loss and a subsequent back injury to David Carr
forced Carolina to sign 43-year-old Vinny Testaverde, who led the
Panthers to a win at Arizona last Sunday. Coach John Fox has not
chosen a starter for Carolina's next game, Oct. 28 against