Jake Delhomme’s back where he started.
The veteran quarterback, who signed with Cleveland to revive his career but has been slowed for nearly two months by a sprained ankle, will start tomorrow when the Browns host the Carolina Panthers, Delhomme’s ex-team.
Coach Eric Mangini took the unusual step of officially choosing Delhomme as his starter yesterday. Mangini typically waits until just before game time before revealing his starting QB in order to keep the opposition guessing.
Delhomme began the season as Cleveland’s starter, but got hurt in the first half of the season opener at Tampa Bay. He came back too early and reinjured his ankle a few weeks later after Seneca Wallace suffered the same high ankle sprain.
Delhomme has been inactive for eight games, but he’s again first on Cleveland’s depth chart after rookie Colt McCoy rolled his ankle last week at Jacksonville and is out indefinitely.
Delhomme played seven seasons with Carolina, but was waived in March after throwing a career-high 18 interceptions last season. Earlier this week, he said he’s not looking for any revenge against the Panthers, whom he led to a Super Bowl.
“I had my chance there and we had a good run,’’ Delhomme said. “That’s kind of how I feel and I just want to go out and play for this team.’’
The Panthers cleared rookie quarterback Jimmy Clausen to play after he suffered a concussion two weeks ago. Clausen practiced for a third straight day, and “I think he had an outstanding week of preparation,’’ said Carolina coach John Fox.
Last week’s starter, Brian St. Pierre, has a sore throwing shoulder and is probable. So is rookie Tony Pike, who also has a sore throwing arm.
Mum in Miami Dolphins coach Tony Sparano still hasn’t chosen a starter at quarterback for tomorrow’s road game against the Raiders. Chad Henne is recovering from a knee injury sustained two weeks ago against Tennessee, and Tyler Thigpen had an uninspiring start last week against Chicago. Miami wide receiver Brandon Marshall didn’t practice again because of a hamstring injury, and it’s unlikely he’ll travel with the team to Oakland . . . Seahawks wide receiver Mike Williams (foot) will be a game-time decision tomorrow against Kansas City, but cornerback Marcus Trufant cleared concussion tests and is set to play. Seattle also placed rookie tight end Anthony McCoy (knee) on injured reserve and claimed defensive end Clifton Geathers off waivers from Miami . . . Though he practiced for the second straight day, Bills rookie running back C.J. Spiller is questionable for tomorrow’s home game against the Steelers. Buffalo’s starting right guard, Eric Wood, is out with an ankle injury, and cornerback Terrence McGee (knee) likely won’t play.
Giants shift line Giants left tackle Shawn Andrews, the starter the last three weeks as David Diehl recovers from hip and hamstring injuries, spent a second day in the hospital for treatment of a chronic back condition and is doubtful for tomorrow’s home game against Jacksonville. Second-year player Will Beatty, formerly of UConn, will start for Andrews . . . Jaguars left tackle Eugene Monroe failed a concussion test and was ruled out for tomorrow’s game. Monroe apparently sustained a concussion last weekend against Cleveland. Undrafted rookie Kevin Haslem or veteran Guy Whimper are the potential replacements against the Giants’ ferocious pass rush . . . The Eagles could be without their All-Pro cornerback when they face the Bears tomorrow. Asante Samuel missed his third practice after he injured his knee last weekend and is questionable. Joselio Hanson would start in Samuel’s place . . . Giants running back Brandon Jacobs and Raiders defensive tackle Tommy Kelly were each fined $20,000 by the NFL. Jacobs was punished for unsportsmanlike conduct toward fans before last Sunday’s loss at Philadelphia, and Kelly was fined for unnecessary roughness on a special teams play against the Steelers . . . The Browns signed punter Reggie Hodges to a two-year contract extension.