GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Carolina Panthers quarterback David Carr had more in common with Jake Delhomme on Sunday than ever before.
He was dressed for the game, but wasn't really able to play because of last week's back injury. The Panthers kept Carr up on the active roster, just in case, but coach John Fox said there was very little inclination to use him in the 25-10 win over Arizona.
Instead, they started Vinny Testaverde and brought rookie Matt Moore in for a one-play relief appearance when Testaverde was slammed to the turf on his right elbow, losing feeling in his throwing hand.
"When Vinny hurt his hand, I would have tried to do whatever I could to get out there," Carr said. "We tried in the pregame and it wasn't working. Vinny moved around real good today. He looked a lot better than I did."
Carr practiced Friday, but his back tightened up on the four-hour flight Friday night. He said he tried to stand as much of the time as he could, but the travel slowed the progress he had made through a week of aggressive treatment. Carr threw in pre-game warm-ups, but didn't really air it out. He'd stretch and twist after every segment of throwing, but he kept working, allowing them to push the decision to just before kickoff.
But he said even when he was practicing, he was having trouble getting out from under center.
"It wasn't really throwing, it was bending over to take the snap," Carr said. "I kind of just locked up in that position, and I couldn't get out of there. I kind of got stepped on a couple of times the other day, Ryan Kalil and Wig (center Justin Hartwig) were like, 'Is it my fault?' I was like, 'No I just can't get out of the way.' It was definitely better that I didn't do it."
• KING OF THE ROAD: The Panthers are now a perfect 4-0 on the road this year, improving Fox's all-time away record to 26-18 (.591). He's 22-20 (.524) at home, making him one of just four coaches in league history better when visiting.
"I have to answer a lot of times about our inability to win at home," Fox said. "It's nice that we're winning somewhere, and the road does count."
• BACK AT IT: After Steve Smith returned the first Arizona punt of the day, rookie Ryne Robinson reclaimed the role the Panthers intended him to have all year.
He got three chances and combined for 44 yards, a healthy 14.7-yard average. Robinson had a 23-yard punt return in the second quarter, eclipsing his previous long of 14 yards, which is much of the reason they resorted to Smith in the first place -- along with his pedestrian 7.3-yard per return average.
However, the real dynamic play in the return game was by reserve offensive lineman Geoff Hangartner, who took a second-quarter squib kick 10 yards, even with a heavily bandaged thumb.
• CREATING THINGS: When safety Chris Harris poked the ball away from Cards receiver Larry Fitzgerald in the first quarter, it marked his third forced fumble and second recovery of the year.
For purposes of comparison, that's the exact same amount of each that Mike Minter had the last four seasons combined.
After admitting the Panthers' system was far more complex than what he ran in Chicago the last two years, Harris has acclimated well, and has started making the kind of plays the Panthers anticipated.
• EXTRA POINTS: Once the Panthers decided to keep all three quarterbacks active, wide receiver Dwayne Jarrett's two-week streak of being active ended. He was down, along with the usual suspects -- linebackers Dan Morgan and Adam Seward, defensive ends Otis Grigsby and Charles Johnson, running back Nick Goings and offensive linemen Evan Mathis and Frank Omiyale. ... The Cardinals were without a pair of starters, as wide receiver Anquan Boldin and right tackle Levi Brown were on the inactive list. ... Right tackle Jordan Gross has had better days. He gave up a fourth-quarter sack, and was called for three penalties, including a rare leg-whip call when he tried to mule-kick a defender who had gotten past him. ... The Panthers have subbed in Mike Rucker and John Kasay for injured captains Morgan and Goings, and they also took former Cardinals offensive lineman Jeremy Bridges and Tempe, Ariz., native and former Arizona State long snapper Jason Kyle to midfield, as well. ... Former team president and hall of honor member Mike McCormack watched the game from the press box, sitting next to general manager Marty Hurney.