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PONTIAC - The Lions have placed quarterback Charlie Batch on injured reserve, ending his season, and possibley his career with the Lions.
Batch suffered a separated right shoulder in Sunday's loss to Chicago, and his future is in doubt with the team.
Enter the new starter, rookie quarterback Mike McMahon, who would have started at least once this season anyway, so while this is nothing that wasn't expected ... it just comes sooner then head coach Marty Mornhinweg wanted it to. Because if there wasn't a plan to start McMahon sometime this season, then Mornhinweg would have named Ty Detmer as the starter this Sunday, instead he promoted the rookie, saying it is Mike's time.
Yesterday at the Lions' practice, and McMahon's first with the majority of the starting reps, the rookie responded very well to running the first team offense, after weeks of running the scout offense. The media was all around him, asking him questions which was a change from earlier in the season where no media member ever came close enough to bump into him.
How things have changed.
But McMahon looked good in his first practice as the starting quarterback, and if this goes the way Mornhinweg thinks it will, then this is the first of many. Mornhinweg was very pleased with the way McMahon threw the football in practice.
"He was accurate today -- extremely accurate," Mornhinweg said.
McMahon didn't really show that much emotion when he talked about his practice.
"It went all right. You make a few mistakes here and there. You come back and make corrections (the next practice)," said McMahon.
Asked if things were different now being the starting quarterback, McMahon responded confidently.
"Not too much different. I tried to do the right things with the football and make the right decisions. It's one thing to have a few practice plays and quite another to be responsible for being the quarterback when the full game plan is being installed."
"If I would have been slacking off the last two weeks, I wouldn't have been prepared. It's no different for me. It's just an extended period. It's just a little bit longer," said McMahon.
Again Mike McMahon will be watched very careful today under both the media and coaching microscope to see how he responds to the additional pressure. A responsiblity that comes with potentially being the future of this team.