It may have taken a broken finger to seal the deal, but surely Matt Moore will start for Carolina now on Sunday against Tampa Bay.
Jake Delhomme suffered a broken finger on his throwing hand late in the fourth quarter against the New York Jets, coach John Fox said Monday. Jake's hand apparently got tangled up in someone else's hand, Fox said.
Which finger? Fox wasn't saying, only that it wasn't the thumb.
Why? "Because we don't have to," said Fox, who seems to greatly enjoy giving out the least amount of information about all injuries that he possibly can while still following the NFL's rules (it's Belichick South, in other words, but without the Super Bowl victories).
Anyway, NFL QBs have thrown the ball before in real games with a broken finger. But it not only makes the ball harder to grip, it also makes it tougher to take snaps. It makes fumbles more likely. It makes accuracy more difficult.
In other words, if the Panthers still start Delhomme and his 59.4 passer rating -- now with a broken finger -- over Moore, that will be a scathing indictment of Moore. It's obvious Fox doesn't trust Moore's decision-making, or he would have been in the lineup long ago during this 8-TD, 18-interception nightmare season for Jake.
But I would imagine Fox's hand has been forced here and that Moore starts Sunday.
In the meantime, the jokes have already begun. Quipped one of my buddies when he heard Delhomme had a broken finger: "Which teammate broke it?"