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Rust not an option

BALTIMORE — While it’s been weeks since Daunte Culpepper got his last start, he did play the final series last Sunday at Cincinnati after Matthew Stafford was knocked out after aggravating his shoulder injury. Culpepper is a veteran so rust should not be an issue today against the Ravens.

“You saw him in three plays, he gave Calvin (Johnson) a chance to make a play at the end of the game after Matthew came out. I like to see him disperse the ball and move the ball around in the passing game so it’s just not focusing on him. Especially early I think it will be important for us,’’ Lions offensive coordinator Scott Linehan said.

Culpepper connected with Johnson on a 38-yard play which set up a two-yard touchdown run by Kevin Smith.

Today’s game plan will vary slightly today from what it would be if Stafford was starting. Linehan will play it to Culpepper’s strengths. It will be a tough afternoon for the Lions to play against the Ravens’ defense no matter who is starting at quarterback.


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