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Lions QB says shoulder is fine

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."