Detroit goes back to Harrington

By wire services
Published December 22, 2005

ALLEN PARK, Mich. - Joey Harrington is getting at least one more chance with the Lions.

He will start at quarterback over Jeff Garcia on Saturday against the Saints, interim coach Dick Jauron said Wednesday.

"We are just trying to see if we can jump-start and get a win somehow," Jauron said.

Harrington, the third overall pick in 2002, began the season as the starter then lost his job when Garcia recovered from injuries in late October. After two games, Harrington was a starter again until Jauron replaced fired coach Steve Mariucci and went with Garcia for the previous three games.

Both quarterbacks have struggled while the Lions have lost seven of eight since sharing the NFC Central lead at 3-3.

Harrington has thrown nine touchdowns and 11 interceptions and averaged about 160 passing yards in 10 games this season. In 53 starts, he has 57 touchdowns and 61 interceptions.

Garcia was signed in the offseason to push or replace Harrington, but the 35-year-old had trouble throwing downfield and making plays with his legs when he was healthy.

In six games this season, Garcia has thrown three touchdowns and six interceptions. The ex-Pro Bowl quarterback has 126 touchdowns and 71 interceptions with San Francisco, Cleveland and Detroit.

In Sunday's 41-17 loss to Cincinnati, Garcia was benched after he was 13-of-21 for 138 yards with one touchdown and three interceptions.

Harrington played the fourth quarter and was 6-of-7 for 77 yards and a touchdown.

Bulger out for season

ST. LOUIS - Rams quarterback Marc Bulger was placed on injured reserve and will miss the rest of the season with a shoulder injury sustained Nov.20 against Arizona.

Rookie Ryan Fitzpatrick has started the past three games, but interim coach Joe Vitt said he hasn't decided between him and Jamie Martin for Saturday against the 49ers. Martin took most of the reps Wednesday, but Fitzpatrick will get the bulk of the work today.

The Rams also placed middle linebacker Chris Claiborne on injured reserve. He has been hampered by a knee injury the team has kept quiet. Trev Faulk will make his fourth start in five games.

CARDINALS: Josh McCown will return as starting quarterback Saturday against the Eagles. He became the starter in Week 4 when Kurt Warner strained his groin. He threw for 398 yards against the 49ers but struggled against Tennessee and Dallas. Warner took over again but sustained a season-ending knee injury Sunday. Also, Arizona signed Rohan Davey as the third quarterback. Davey, who was with the team for two games earlier this season, will back up McCown and John Navarre.

COLTS: Jose Cortez joined his fourth team this season, this time as a kickoff specialist. Cortez started this season with Dallas. He was released in October and signed with the Eagles, who released him last month. He then signed with the 49ers, who released him Dec.6.

GIANTS: Linebacker Antonio Pierce, already out for Saturday's game against the Redskins, his former team, likely will miss the final regular-season game also because of a sprained right ankle. Coach Tom Coughlin said Pierce is making slow progress.

RAIDERS: Quarterback Kerry Collins said he wants to return next season. Collins, who turns 33 next week, has thrown for 3,250 yards, 17 touchdowns and 11 interceptions. He was benched for a 26-10 loss to the Jets on Dec. 11 for Marques Tuiasosopo but returned for Sunday's 9-7 loss to the Browns. Collins would count for about $12.9-million against the salary cap next season.