Harrington to participate in TV skills competition

Lions quarterback Joey Harrington will be among 15 NFL signal callers to participate in the 989 Sports quarterback challenge that will be aired nationally on CBS television July 17,18.

Harrington, who finished the 2003 season rated 13th out of 14 regular starters in passing efficiency among NFC quarterbacks, is expected to have a much better season this year after Detroit bolstered its receiving corps with the additions of free agent Tai Streets and first round draft pick Roy Williams.

Harrington is also expected to have a healthy Charles Rogers and Artose Pinner back in the lineup and the additional impact of rookie running back Kevin Jones.

Lions fans will get a early look see at their starting quarterback in the contest. Among those scheduled to participate in the event are Jake Delhomme (Panthers), Mark Brunell (Redskins), Marc Bulger (Rams) Byron Leftwich (Jaguars) Matt Hasselbeck (Seahawks) and Josh McCown (Cardinals).

The scoring is based on four skills competitions including accuracy, speed and mobility, distance and running a "No-Huddle" offense.

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