Delhomme to start against old team

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BEREA, Ohio -- Jake Delhomme will be the starting quarterback Sunday when the Cleveland Browns face his old team, the Carolina Panthers.

Rookie Colt McCoy is bothered by an ankle injury he sustained last week against Jacksonville. McCoy had started each of the last five games.

Delhomme spent seven seasons with Carolina before signing with Cleveland in March. He began this season as the Browns' starting quarterback, but suffered a high ankle sprain in the opener against Tampa Bay and has appeared in just one game since, aggravating the injury in Week 5 against Atlanta.

"He's done a good job this week and I'm excited about him playing against a team he's had a lot of familiarity with," said Browns head coach Eric Mangini on Friday.

Delhomme completed 20-of-37 passes for 227 yards with a touchdown and two interceptions in his lone start this year. He then spelled an injured Seneca Wallace against the Falcons on October 10 and threw for 97 yards with two picks on 13-of-23 passing.

Wallace, who started four games after Delhomme was hurt, was also in the mix for starting this week's game. He injured his ankle against Atlanta, leading to McCoy's emergence as the starter.

"Ideally, you'd like to have one guy for 16 games if you could," Mangini added. "We just really haven't it."

McCoy has thrown for 975 yards with three touchdowns and three interceptions while leading the Browns to two of their three wins this season.


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