The Lions have five quarterbacks, a position that has been in a constant state of flux for first-year coach Jim Schwartz over the last week. Beyond rookie Matthew Stafford, who will start Thursday’s preseason finale against the Bills, not much is clear right now for the Lions.
Veteran QB Daunte Culpepper, who is battling Stafford for the starting job, suffered a foot injury that required eight stitches over the weekend. He has been unable to practice and likely will have his status decided by doctors before Thursday’s game.
If Culpepper can’t go, Schwartz will turn to newly signed Brooks Bollinger. It doesn’t appear Drew Stanton, who’s entrenched as the No. 3 QB, will play because of a knee injury. And Kevin O’Connell, who was claimed off waivers from the Patriots on Tuesday, might play if needed.
Schwartz said that Stafford, who took all of the reps in practice Tuesday, would go about 25 plays. In the event the Lions do need O’Connell, coaches have an offensive package prepared for him to run.
Schwartz told reporters Wednesday that there isn’t much risk of Culpepper’s stitches opening, but the team would err on the side of caution. The Lions won’t be game-planning for the preseason finale, meaning there’s little preparation involved for Culpepper in order to play.
“The first day, he was out walking around. The next couple of days, it got sore,” Schwartz said. “We’ve tried to elevate it the best we can, but it’s not like we’d throw him out to the wolves where he hasn’t prepared for the game and it’s a game-plan game. The stuff we’re running in the game is the stuff we’ve worked through all of training camp.”