Former Panthers QB signs with injury-riddled Texas

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The injury-riddled Houston Texans added to their quarterback depth Tuesday, reaching a deal with former Carolina Panther Jake Delhomme.

Delhomme worked out with the Texans on Tuesday, along with another retired quarterback, Jeff Garcia. The 36-year-old Delhomme will back up rookie T.J. Yates, a fifth-round pick slated to start Sunday’s game against Atlanta.

Delhomme guided Carolina to the Super Bowl after the 2003 season, losing to New England 32-29.

Cleveland signed Delhomme to a two-year contract in March 2010.

He sprained his right ankle in the opener, lost his starting job to rookie Colt McCoy and played in only five games.

COLTS: Curtis Painter and Larry Coyer are out in Indianapolis, and it could be just the start of the changes for the winless Colts.

Coach Jim Caldwell said that Coyer had been fired as defensive coordinator and that Dan Orlovsky would replace Painter at quarterback when the Colts play at New England on Sunday. Longtime linebackers coach Mike Murphy will replace Coyer.

The Colts also signed linebacker Scott Lutrus to the active roster, added quarterback Jarrett Brown to the practice squad, placed defensive back Stevie Brown on injured reserve and released tight end Mike McNeill.

PACKERS: Linebacker Erik Walden has apologized to the Green Bay organization, his teammates and fans in the wake of his recent arrest on suspicion of domestic violence.

Walden says he is cooperating with the legal process and is sorry that he “brought something negative from so much positive that’s going on” with the Packers.

Walden’s status for Sunday’s game at the New York Giants remains unclear. and Walden says he “absolutely” is resigned to the possibility that he may not be allowed to play.

Packers coach Mike McCarthy is scheduled to speak to reporters today.

BROWNS: Starting linebacker Scott Fujita has been placed on injured reserve, his season ended by a broken hand.

The team put Fujita on injured reserve Tuesday, two days after he broke his right hand in two places during the second half at Cincinnati. Fujita will undergo surgery later this week. He started 10 games for Cleveland this season, missing one with a concussion.

BENGALS: Linebacker Keith Rivers will miss the rest of the season because he hasn’t fully recovered from surgery on his right wrist.

The former first-round draft pick had surgery last July and started the season on an injury list.

VIKINGS: Minnesota has signed long snapper Matt Katula to replace the injured Cullen Loeffler.


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