Detroit can dress it up any way it wants, try to fool Jacksonville as much as possible, keep things secret as long as it wants.
But it would be stunning if anyone other than Daunte Culpepper started at quarterback for the Lions on Sunday.
Lions quarterback Dan Orlovsky did not practice Wednesday, will not practice Thursday, and will spend the day visiting with a doctor in New York that is reviewing the X-rays of his right thumb.
Detroit’s other quarterback, Drew Stanton, is so far from being ready that just last week Lions offensive coordinator Jim Colletto said Stanton would embarrass himself if he played.
Drew Henson also is on the roster, but Detroit is not expected to turn to him.
So it is Culpepper, partly by default, partly by merit. Some Lions players said over the weekend that no matter what happened in Detroit’s game last week, Culpepper was told he would be starting Sunday’s game against the Jaguars. Maybe they’re on to something, maybe not.
But all signs point at Culpepper getting to go up against his former Vikings coach, Mike Tice, now the Jaguars assistant head coach.