By MIKE CRANSTON
AP Sports Writer
CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Carolina Panthers quarterback Jake Delhomme will not need surgery on his injured right elbow and will be day-to-day leading up to Sunday’s game against Tampa Bay.
Coach John Fox said Delhomme underwent an MRI on Monday which revealed no serious damage.
“What the doctors are telling me, it’s a strained elbow,” Fox said. “There are days until we play this week, so I can’t rule anything, other than day-to-day.”
Delhomme was injured late in the third quarter of Carolina’s 27-20 win over Atlanta on Sunday when he was sacked by John Abraham.
Delhomme continued to play until the next series, when he winced in pain and clutched his elbow after throwing a short pass to Brad Hoover. He was replaced by David Carr, who led the Panthers on two scoring drives to snap a tie and give the Panthers (2-1) the win.
Fox wouldn’t say if he expects Carr, signed in the offseason after being a five-year starter in Houston, to take the majority of snaps in practice this week.