The Carolina Panthers placed quarterback Jake Delhomme on injured reserve yesterday with a broken finger on his throwing hand, ending his worst season as a pro.

"This move doesn't change anything about his future," said general manager Marty Hurney. "We feel the same about Jake as we did yesterday before we put him on IR."

Delhomme, 34, said he broke the knuckle on his middle finger in a loss to the New York Jets on Nov. 29. He hasn't played or practiced since.

Matt Moore has started the last three games and threw for a career-high 299 yards and three touchdowns in last Sunday's upset win over Minnesota. Ex-Eagle A.J. Feeley is No. 2 on the depth chart.

The Panthers (6-8) promoted quarterback Hunter Cantwell from the practice squad to take Delhomme's roster spot.

In 11 games this season, Delhomme has thrown 18 interceptions this season and just eight TD passes. He threw four interceptions against the Eagles in the season opener and four more in his last game, against the Jets. The Panthers lost both games.

Lions. The Detroit Lions placed quarterback Matthew Stafford on injured reserve.

The No. 1 overall draft pick of 2009 was to have undergone surgery on his right knee after the season, but coach Jim Schwartz said an exam indicated Stafford wouldn't be healthy enough to play any more this season.

"We anticipate a minor surgery just to clean out some irritants and debris," Schwartz said.

Drew Stanton, a third-year player out of Michigan State, will start Sunday.

Raiders. Oakland fullback Luke Lawton has been suspended four games without pay by the NFL for violating the league's policy against performance-enhancing substances.

Lawton, 29, will miss the Raiders' final two games this season and lose nearly $63,000 in pay. A free agent next year, he would also have to sit out the first two games of the 2010 season with whatever team he lands with.

He has played in 13 games this season, starting three. Lawton was in the Eagles' training camp in 2008.

NFL fines. Washington Redskins defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth has been fined $10,000 by the NFL and New York Giants running back Brandon Jacobs has been hit for $7,500.

The players were fined yesterday for an altercation late in New York's 45-12 victory at Washington on Monday. Haynesworth struck Jacobs after a play ended and Jacobs struck back.

Redskins cornerback DeAngelo Hall also was involved, but was not fined.

The league also fined Minnesota Vikings defensive tackle Kevin Williams $5,000 for a tackle at the knees on the Panthers' Moore.

Colts. Peyton Manning and his teammates won't lobby Colts coach Jim Caldwell to play the final two regular-season games.

Indianapolis is the third team in NFL history to go 14-0 and are going for a perfect regular season. The Colts say they will go with whatever decision the coach makes.

"It's not really set up that way, to lobby. I don't think there's one guy in that locker room that's going to tell you, 'No I don't want to play,' '' Manning said after Indianapolis beat Jacksonville last week. "But we've followed his [Caldwell's] orders all year, and I think that's a good plan. Those are decisions I don't have to make and whatever decision he makes, I think will be the right one."

Biting commentary. Seattle Seahawks defensive end Darryl Tapp said he's perplexed that Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers has accused Tapp of biting him in a game last season. "It felt like a bee sting," Rodgers said Wednesday.

The teams play Sunday.

"If he believes I bit him, send me the film, the exact play and I'll apologize. I'm pretty sure it didn't happen - pretty positive," Tapp said.

Browns. Cleveland has been granted a 48-hour extension to avoid its first TV blackout since its expansion return for Sunday's game vs. Oakland.

Saints. Two days after waiving veteran kicker John Carney, the Saints have brought the 45-year-old back as a kicking consultant.

Injury updates. Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan has been limited in practice this week, but said he expects to start Sunday vs. Buffalo. . . . Buffalo QB Ryan Fitzpatrick missed his second straight practice because of an ankle injury. . . . Linebacker Jason Taylor has returned to practice as the Miami Dolphins prepare to play Houston. . . . Seattle coach Jim Mora said it was "very unlikely" that receiver Nate Burleson (ankle) would play this Sunday. Linebacker Aaron Curry (shoulder) is listed as doubtful after not practicing yesterday.