Panthers' Weinke starts for Delhomme vs. Giants

Updated: December 10, 2006, 2:44 PM ET
ESPN.com news services

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 field.

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.

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