QBs like Testaverde fade back, not away

O, BY THE WAY

The Kickoff

October 11, 2007|By BILL ORDINE

Not only is Vinny Testaverde back in the NFL, but there's also a chance he'll start Sunday for Carolina against Arizona.

And there's a further chance that before Sunday is over, we'll have Testaverde, 43, dueling Tim Rattay - two guys who were no closer to the NFL than their big-screen TVs four days ago.

So this is how it goes for teams that don't have Brett Favre, Payton Manning or Tom Brady on their rosters.

The Panthers' first-string quarterbacks, Jake Delhomme, faces season-ending elbow surgery, and Carolina backup David Carr came away from the last game with a back injury and didn't practice yesterday. Third-stringer Matt Moore is an undrafted rookie who completed a 43-yarder last weekend against New Orleans but who the Panthers apparently don't think they can send to the store and bring back correct change.

Hence, Vinny - a former Raven, Brown, Buccaneer, Jet (twice), Cowboy, Patriot and Pottsville Maroon - is a candidate to be the Panthers' starter against the Cardinals.

And this sets up an intriguing possibility because Arizona just signed the unemployed Rattay as a backup to Kurt Warner with Matt Leinart out for the year (broken collarbone). In fact, Rattay beat out Testaverde, in a tryout with the Cards early this week for that job. So, should something (heaven forbid) happen to Warner ...

bill.ordine@baltsun.com

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