Orlovsky to see specialist; Culpepper looks like the starter
Dan Orlovsky said he will visit a hand specialist in New York tomorrow morning for further examination on his injured right thumb.
Orlovsky, the Lions' starting quarterback the last four weeks, did not practice Wednesday and wore a hard cast on his right hand. He said Monday he had a sprained thumb, but a team source referred to his injury Tuesday as a cracked bone. Asked Wednesday if he had a fractured thumb, Orlovsky said he won't know until seeing the specialist. He is not expected to practice Thursday and the Lions are making plans to play without him this weekend against Jacksonville.
Newly-signed Daunte Culpepper took the slight majority of first-team reps at quarterback Wednesday, with Drew Stanton working second in the rotation and taking the rest. Stanton said he was told not to talk about how practice snaps were divided.
"I was told Rod has a plan or we as an organization have a plan and I'm not supposed to elaborate on that," he said.
Lions coach Rod Marinelli said Culpepper showed some of the same attributes that stood out in his free-agent workout last week - a cannon arm and good feet - and receiver Mike Furrey said Culpepper "looked good out there today."
"Right now he's got to put this whole offense together in three days going into Sunday and we're trying to do everything we can do right now to get him in that position," Furrey said.