Culpepper gets start
ALLEN PARK Quarterback Daunte Culpepper will start the Lions preseason opening game on Saturday against Atlanta at Ford Field.
Coach Jim Schwartz made the announcement this morning after the teams walk-through. But he cautioned not to read too much into the decision.
Its not like somebodys ahead of somebody on the depth chart. Were going to give them reps and probably flip it the next week, Schwartz said.
Rookie Matthew Stafford will go in during the second quarter and Drew Stanton will take over sometime during the second half.
We dont have an exact number of plays or an exact number of series or an exact number of throws or something like that. Well play it by ear, Schwartz said.
Stafford said he was good with the decision. And, like Schwartz, is not reading much into it. Stafford said hes excited to get in a game and play for the first time since Jan. 1.
Culpepper would not talk to the media after this mornings walk-through.