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Schwartz mum on starter

No starting quarterback has been announced for Saturday even though a week ago when Daunte Culpepper was named the starter for the preseason opener, coach Jim Schwartz said they would flip that for this week and have Matthew Stafford start. The coach will make the announcement on Friday.

Wide receiver Calvin Johnson, who has missed most of camp with a sprained thumb on his right hand, was ruled out of Saturday’s second preseason game by coach Jim Schwartz this morning. The coach said they are aiming to get Johnson back for the third preseason game on Aug. 29.

Tight end Casey Fitzsimmons, who has been out with an ankle injury, participated in team drills on the scout team this morning.  He hasn’t practiced in pads so doubts he will play on Saturday.

Injured safety Daniel Bullocks has until 4 p.m. to clear waivers. The team will then make an announcement on his future. He’s expected to have more surgery on the same knee that required season-ending ACL surgery two years ago. He played last season, but didn’t have the same zip as he did prior to the surgery. Bullocks has missed most of camp with the knee woes.

Two skirmishes on the field this morning showed Schwartz one thing — his team is ready to go up an opponent. Fitzsimmons and James Hunter got tangled after a play in team drills. Then Terrance Metcalf and Landon Cohen had to be pulled apart a few plays later.



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