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Stafford to rest; Culpepper to start

Updated: December 9, 2009, 6:09 PM ET
Associated Press

ALLEN PARK, Mich. -- The Detroit Lions plan to rest Matthew Stafford's banged-up, non-throwing shoulder for at least one game.

They don't expect to shut him down for the rest of the season.

Lions coach Jim Schwartz said Wednesday that Daunte Culpepper will start at Baltimore and Stafford will likely be the No. 3 quarterback.

Stafford aggravated his left shoulder Sunday at Cincinnati.

"If he hadn't taken that hit in the fourth quarter of the Cincy game, we wouldn't be having ...

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