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 Garcia will NOT need surgery 
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ALLEN PARK - The Detroit Lions' hopes for a best-case scenario on backup quarterback Jeff Garcia's injured left ankle have come true with a prognosis that he can return in six to eight weeks.
Garcia, 35, will not need surgery, coach Steve Mariucci told The Detroit News Tuesday morning. Garcia was examined earlier Tuesday morning by Dr. Bob Anderson in Charlotte, N.C. The doctor and Garcia contacted Mariucci and the team's medical and training staff immediately.
"This is the news we were hoping for, that no surgery is required," Mariucci said. "You know Jeff's optimism. The doctor said six to eight weeks. Dr. Garcia said five to six. That was encouraging to hear."
The Lions will not sign another quarterback for the 53-player active roster, Mariucci said. Joey Harrington will start Sunday's regular-season opener against Green Bay with rookie Dan Orlovsky serving as the backup.
Kevin Johnson, a wide receiver who played quarterback in high school, will be the emergency quarterback should Harrington and Orlovsky become incapacitated in the same game.
"We feel, especially for this game, we'd stay on course with those that we have here," Mariucci said.
Mariucci had feared that Garcia would be out for a minimum of 10 weeks and possibly miss the 2005 season because of injuries Garcia sustained in Friday night's exhibition game at Buffalo.
Garcia's left fibula also was broken on the same play, but the ankle is a more serious issue because of the tissue damage involved. The fibula will heal in six to eight weeks with no lasting ill effects.
"The doctor thought six to eight weeks was do-able, which is good news," Mariucci said. "Doctor Anderson felt that surgery wouldn't be any more beneficial than rest and rehabilitation. He (Garcia) is going to be casted for two or three weeks to immobilize it.
Garcia, who played for Mariucci in San Francisco and made the NFC's Pro Bowl team three times, was signed in the off-season with the understanding that he would be Harrington's backup. Garcia accepted his role, but maintained that his goal was to be a starter.
However, Harrington was a clear winner and Mariucci declared him the opening-day starter after the second exhibition game.

September 6th, 2005, 11:22 am
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Not too sure if this is a good or bad thing. Since Garcia does not need surgery, Mooch will not sign another backup QB. Looking at the schedule, Garcia will not return until either the Browns game or the 2nd game against the Bears. Before then, we play some pretty imposing defenses in the Bucs, Ravens, and Panthers. We could be playing with fire in not signing a competent veteran QB. If Harrington were to get hurt, Orlovsky would be subjected to playing against two top 5 defenses (Ravens, Panthers) and another defense that still has some good playmakers (Bucs). Thee season could be over by the time Garcia returns. Lets hope this scenario doesn't play out and Joey stays healthy.




September 6th, 2005, 1:23 pm
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Tue, Sep 6, 2005 at 7:45 PM

Garcia: Good News for the Lions, but is There a Risk?

The good news for the Lions Tuesday was that backup quarterback Jeff Garcia's sprained left ankle won't need surgery. The prognosis is for Garcia to return in six to eight weeks. Under the circumstances, it's the best-case scenario for the Lions. They thought Garcia might miss the season. While he heals, the Lions will not sign another quarterback to play behind Joey Harrington and rookie Dan Orlovsky. It's a risk -- sort of. The list of veteran quarterbacks who are available reads like the B list of an acting aagency's out-of-work clients. Forgettable names. Unrecnognizable faces. Low on talent, long on nothing. But the risk is that if something happens to Harrington before Garcia gets back, the offense will be in the hands of a rookie. And make no mistake about it, trying to win games in the NFL with a rookie quarterback is like trying to win a NASCAR race without the steering wheel bolted in place. Not impossible, but darn tough. If I were the Lions, I'd do the same thing. I wouldn't sign a veteran to stand around and do nothing. But there is also the risk involved, and the Lions have to be prepared to take criticism if this fails. Then again, they've taken enouogh criticism. How much more will make any difference?

Detroit News / Mike O'Hara

This is a huge risk and I've thought about it for the last few days... a lot in fact.

At first I figured that M & M were insane not to bring in a veteran. But as I think it through the available talent is so bad that whats the differance between...

Quincy Carter and Kordell Stewart


Vinny Testeverde and Jeff George


Shaun King and Rick Mirer.

Honestly it's not like any one of them is a sure thing or leaps and bounds ahead of the other. If Joe gets hurt any one of these is as good as the other considering Dan O will still start ahead of them.

In the end it's a huge vote of confidence for Dan Orlovsky as a back up AND a testimonial to Joe Harrington's durability.


September 7th, 2005, 4:35 pm
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You know, O was very impressive. Mooch was running impossible rush plays on first and second down, and he converted that long third down with Pro Bowl efficiency. I am not saying he is a pro bowler or that he was working against 1s, but I think O could do better than those veterans, whose savvy would be negated by a lack of understanding of the playbook.

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September 7th, 2005, 6:34 pm
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