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Delhomme now pain-free, progressing nicely after Tommy John surgery

Updated: February 15, 2008, 4:54 PM ET
Associated Press

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- At least the football Jake Delhomme is throwing is the right color.

The Carolina Panthers quarterback successfully upgraded to a brown Nerf ball this week that is slightly heavier than the blue-and-green ball he started with a week ago. The work with the kid's ball is limited to about 20 10-yard throws four days a week.

Nearly four months after ligament-replacement surgery on his right elbow, Delhomme is still far away from slinging a real ball between two ...

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