Panthers' Delhomme out against Steelers

Updated: December 17, 2006, 3:13 PM ET
ESPN.com news services

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Carolina Panthers quarterback Jake Delhomme was inactive for Sunday's game against Pittsburgh, giving Chris Weinke his second straight start.

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2006 SEASON STATISTICS
Att Comp Yds TD Int Rat
404 240 2431 15 11 79.4

Delhomme hasn't been able to play or practice since suffering ligament damage in his right thumb in Carolina's loss to Philadelphia on Dec. 4. He tried to throw on the side before Friday's practice, but had trouble gripping the ball.

Delhomme had his streak of 66 straight starts snapped last Sunday in a loss to the New York Giants. Weinke threw for a team-record 423 yards, but also had three interceptions.

Tight end Kris Mangum (hip) and running back Nick Goings (shoulder) were also inactive.

Cornerbacks Chris Gamble and Ken Lucas, who both missed last Sunday's game with hamstring injuries, were on the active roster Sunday.

The Steelers are without star safety Troy Polamalu for a third straight game.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.