Panthers' Delhomme out against Steelers

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

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.