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Panthers QB Delhomme day-to-day with strained elbow

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Carolina Panthers quarterback Jake Delhomme loves to move his arms when he talks. Monday was no
exception, sore elbow and all.

With both arms flailing and nothing protecting his strained
right elbow, Delhomme was happy after an MRI determined he won't
need surgery. But Delhomme was unsure if he or backup David Carr
will start on Sunday against Tampa Bay.

"I'll be getting a ton of treatment on it and we'll go from
there," Delhomme said. "I've never had anything like this before,
so how long it's going to last, I don't know. I usually do OK with
treatment and I think my body heals pretty fast."

The Panthers are also concerned about linebacker Dan Morgan, who
had shoulder, hamstring and heel injuries in Carolina's 27-20 win
over Atlanta. A team spokesman said tests Monday revealed Morgan
has tendinitis in his lower leg, and said his status for the Tampa
Bay game is also uncertain.

Delhomme was injured late in the third quarter when he was
sacked by John Abraham, saying something "didn't feel right"
after Abraham tried to grab the ball.

Delhomme continued to play, tossing a 5-yard touchdown pass to
Jeff King that tied the game.

Still, he was concerned. He threw on the sideline when the
defense was on the field before deciding to go back out for the
next series.

Delhomme threw a 29-yard pass over the middle to King, then
winced and clutched his elbow after throwing a short pass to Brad Hoover.

"I couldn't help us after that," Delhomme said. "It was too
much of a sharp pain."

He was replaced by Carr, who completed 3 of 4 passes for 56
yards, leading the Panthers on two run-dominated scoring drives to
snap a tie and give the Panthers the win.

It was what the Panthers had hoped for from Carr, a five-year
starter in Houston who was signed to provide an upgrade over last
year's backup, Chris Weinke.

"I thought he did good," Coach John Fox said of Carr. "We didn't change
what we were doing, because, 'Oh no, we're putting in our backup
quarterback.' He went out there and managed the game well.

"He played well enough for us to win."

Delhomme has also played well, a bright spot for a team that has
shown many holes despite its 2-1 start. He has completed 64 percent
of his passes, with eight touchdowns and just one interception. His
111.9 passer rating is tied for third-best in the NFL.

Delhomme completed 10 of 18 passes for 109 yards and two TDs
against the Falcons, where the Panthers relied on a dominating
running game to overcome Steve Smith having just one catch and a
suspect defense.

DeShaun Foster rushed for 122 yards and a score and caught
another TD from Delhomme.

It's the second injury Delhomme has suffered in as many seasons.
His streak of consecutive starts was snapped at 59 when he suffered
ligament damage in his right thumb in a late-season loss at
Philadelphia in 2006.

As Delhomme sat on a table at Bank of America Stadium Monday, he
said his elbow didn't hurt.

"If I grab something or whatnot, it will hurt a little bit,"
he said.

Expect the Panthers to reveal little about the newest injury
this week, trying to keep the Buccaneers guessing if they'll face
Delhomme or Carr in an early season matchup for the NFC South lead.

"Rather than put a time frame on it, I don't think any of us
are in the business of predicting the future," Fox said. "It's a
medical situation."