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Not that he has any choice, but Detroit Lions coach Marty Mornhinweg says he hasn't even considered the possibility of removing rookie quarterback Joey Harrington - even temporarily - from the starting job.

"There is some value in sitting a guy down," Mornhinweg said. "He can take a deep breath ... but I want to grind through this. I want him to get all the experience possible this year."

After a fast start in his first four NFL games, Harrington has begun to struggle. The Lions have won only one of their last four games and his play has declined significantly. An example was an otherwise perfect drive early in the 31-14 loss to the Jets but when the Lions got to the four-yard line, he threw an interception.

"These are some of the things ... that we're going to battle through," he said. "There's no substitution for playing experience and that's what he's getting. He's getting it in league games.

"The first drive (against the Jets) was a beautiful drive and we get down there around the four, he made a major mistake." Even if Mornhinweg wanted to change quarterbacks, it would be a tough choice with only Mike McMahon and Ty Detmer available. McMahon started the first two games of the season and was badly overmatched; Detmer hasn't gotten plays with the offense all year.

A.J. Feeley

QB A.J. Feeley is expected to replace Koy Detmer as David Akers' holder on field goal and extra point attempts. Akers has missed just once in 23 FG attempts this season. He and Detmer worked well together. But with Detmer replacing injured Donovan McNabb at quarterback, it isn't feasible for him to continue his holding duties.

Patrick Johnson

WR Patrick Johnson, who has missed the last four games with an abdominal strain, participated in 50 percent of Wednesday's practice, but is listed as questionable for Sunday. Johnson said he made enough progress in rehabilitation last week and that if he continues to progress the next three days, he expects to play against the Cowboys. It's not known whether he would return to his starting job or be in the No. 3 receiver role.

Maurice Morris

RB Maurice Morris was a late addition to the injury report last week, but the Seahawks are hoping he'll return from a hamstring injury in time to face Kansas City on Sunday. Morris possesses a direct running style that complements the style of starting RB Shaun Alexander. Morris has averaged about 1.5 more yards per carry than Alexander this season.

Jed Weaver

TE Jed Weaver continues to receive playing time as a backup fullback entering Sunday's game against San Diego. Since receiving snaps as starting FB Rob Konrad's backup, Weaver has caught two passes for 49 yards in the past two games.

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