Carr likely to start; Delhomme still sidelined with elbow injury

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Carolina quarterback Jake Delhomme did not practice again Friday and is listed as doubtful for Sunday's game against New Orleans.

</center>Panthers quarterback Jake Delhomme has an elbow tendon injury that threatens his season and his head coach 
John Fox's job. 
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Delhomme hasn't thrown a football since straining his right elbow Sept. 23 against Atlanta. Last week against Tampa Bay, he was the No. 3 quarterback behind starter David Carr and backup Matt Moore.

Coach John Fox said wide receiver Steve Smith injured his leg at the end of Friday's practice. "It was one play, and he was limited," Fox said. "But we think he's fine."

Smith walked back to the locker room without limping. He has six receptions for 42 yards in the past two games, but has five touchdown catches in his last four games against the Saints.

The Panthers also listed three players as out for Sunday -- middle linebackers Dan Morgan and Adam Seward, and running back Nick Goings.

Delhomme had been off to a solid start to the 2007 season. Delhomme completed 64 percent of his passes (55 for 86) while throwing eight touchdowns against only one interception. Carr -- the top pick in the 2002 draft -- was a flop in Houston, but gets another shot to start with Delhomme's injury.

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