Jake Delhomme will get a chance to face his former team as the Cleveland Browns’ quarterback will start against the Carolina Panthers on Sunday.
Rookie Colt McCoy had taken over as Cleveland’s starter for the past five games (going 2-3) but he suffered a high-ankle sprain in last week’s loss to Jacksonville. Ironically, it was that same injury that got McCoy the starting job when Delhomme, the season-opening starter, and backup Seneca Wallace both suffered the same injury earlier this season. McCoy has a 63.8 completion percentage through five games with three touchdowns and three interceptions for an 85.3 passer rating.
Both Delhomme and Wallace are healthy now. Delhomme has one touchdown, four interceptions and a 48.2 passer rating this season, while Wallace (four touchdowns, two interceptions, 88.5 passer rating) has played better. But coach Eric Mangini says Delhomme’s familiarity against Carolina, his former team, has a lot to do with the decision, although Wallace admits he’s still not 100 percent. Delhomme spent seven seasons with the Panthers, leading the team to its only Super Bowl appearance during that stretch, before being waived and signing as a free agent by the Browns this offseason.
Mangini remains optimistic that McCoy won’t be out as long as either Delhomme or Wallace, who made four starts when Delhomme was hurt. Delhomme hasn’t started a game since Week 1. Delhomme’s and Wallace’s injuries were to their lower right legs, which is the push-off leg for a right-handed throwing quarterback. McCoy’s was to the left leg.
“We had a good run down there and I enjoyed every single minute. Last year it was difficult. But sometimes in relationships there’s breakups,” said Delhomme of his time in Carolina. “Ours needed to happen between myself and the Panthers.”
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