Panthers' Weinke starts for Delhomme vs. Giants

Carolina Panthers quarterback Jake Delhomme was inactive for Sunday's game against the New York Giants
with an injured thumb on his throwing hand, giving Chris Weinke his
first start in more than four years.

Starting cornerbacks Chris Gamble and Ken Lucas also were inactive for the Panthers, both sidelined with hamstring injuries.

Delhomme, who has ligament damage in the thumb of his throwing
hand, missed his third straight practice Friday. He spent the entire
workout watching and did not speak to reporters as he left the

Delhomme was injured when his hand hit Eagles defensive tackle
Darwin Walker's helmet on a 9-yard touchdown pass to Steve Smith in
the first quarter of Monday's loss to Philadelphia. Delhomme
continued to play and threw two fourth-quarter interceptions, the
last coming in the end zone with 25 seconds left.

Weinke, a former Heisman Trophy winner, has thrown only 13
passes in four seasons and hasn't been a full-time starter since
2001 when the Panthers were 1-15.

The Panthers promoted rookie
quarterback Brett Basanez to the active roster Saturday.

Giants defensive end Michael Strahan missed his fifth straight
game with a right foot injury. Strahan hasn't played since getting
hurt against Houston on Nov. 5.

Giants backup cornerback Corey Webster (toe) was also sidelined.

Information from ESPN's Sal Paolantonio and The Associated Press was used in this report.