Harrington retains QB job

Updated: October 22, 2003, 3:38 PM ET
ESPN.com news services

Joey Harrington, who faced the possibility of being replaced as Detroit's starting quarterback following a 31-point loss to Dallas, will continue to start for the struggling Lions.

Joey Harrington
Harrington

The team made the announcement Wednesday. The Lions, at 1-5 tied with the Bears for worst record in the NFC North, visit Chicago on Sunday.

The Lions are 0-3 on the road and winless since opening the season with a 42-24 victory over Arizona.

After Detroit's 38-7 loss to Dallas, coach Steve Mariucci said he was considering starting Mike McMahon. Harrington was pulled late in the second half after completing only 5 of 13 passes for 30 yards with two interceptions.

When McMahon replaced Harrington, he was welcomed by cheers. But McMahon finished 5-of-20 for 51 yards with an interception and a fumble.

Harrington has played with a dislocated index finger on his passing hand for about a month. He has said it was hampering him, but refused to use it as an excuse for his performance.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.

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