Lions QB says shoulder is fine

Updated: October 1, 2003, 4:20 PM ET
Associated Press

ALLEN PARK, Mich. -- Detroit Lions quarterback Joey Harrington denied Wednesday that he is battling an injury to his passing shoulder.

Harrington suffered a dislocated index finger on his passing hand in Detroit's Sept. 21 loss to Minnesota, and a sideline report during that game indicated that he also had strained his right shoulder. Earlier this week, tight end Mikhael Ricks mentioned Harrington's "sore shoulder" during a radio interview.

"There's no story there," Harrington said. "I've got the normal bumps and bruises that come from playing football, but I didn't do anything to my shoulder."

Mike McMahon, Harrington's backup, got more work than normal in Wednesday's two-minute drills, but Lions coach Steve Mariucci said there were other reasons for that.

"Mike got some extra work last week, as well -- we are just trying to do that with him,"' Mariucci said. "Joey's finger is still a little sore, and the tape on it got wet with the light rain we are having.

"He's banged up like any football player, but if there is anything limiting him right now, it is his finger, not anything else."


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