Harrington still not 100 percent

Even a full week of rest during the Lions bye week wasn't enough to get quarterback Joey Harrington's right forefinger back to 100 percent. Harrington dislocated the finger when he connected with center Dominic Raiola's helmet while throwing a pass during the Sept. 21 game against the Minnesota Vikings.

Even a full week of rest during the Lions bye week wasn't enough to get quarterback Joey Harrington's right forefinger back to 100 percent.

Harrington dislocated the finger when he connected with center Dominic Raiola's helmet while throwing a pass during the Sept. 21 game against the Minnesota Vikings. He missed only one play while trainer Al Bellamy popped it back in place and has played with the injury since then.

The week off helped.

"It feels good," he said. "Some of the swelling's gone down. It's a little looser, not quite as tight as it used to be. It's improving."
But he realized he would probably have to play with some swelling and discomfort for the remaining 11 games.

"Honestly, it's probably something I'll wrap for most of the season," he said. "When things like this happen it's best to rest but when you're in the middle of a season, you can't rest.

"So it's something I've learned to adapt to. That's part of this game, you learn to adapt to injuries. Guys out there all day are adapting to little bumps and bruises that you pick up during the week."

Harrington hardly touched a football during the entire bye week last week, on orders from coach Steve Mariucci.

"It was an attempt to freshen his body up," Mariucci said. "Primarily his throwing arms and legs and muscles and fingers and everything. I don't think he's completely healthy.

"In fact, today I pulled him out and put Mike (McMahon) in for awhile. I asked him, `How you feeling?' Well, `Okay.' He always says he's okay. He's a tough guy. He's just trying to work through it the best he can."


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