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Nate Caminata - LionsFans.com
It didn't take Lions' rookie quarterback Mike McMahon long to find the team's infirmary. But when he did, nearly half the ball club was there waiting for him.
McMahon, who has started the past three weeks in relief of injured starter Charlie Batch, suffered a sprained right foot late in the 4th quarter during Sunday's 47-14 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers. The injury may force McMahon, who tossed two touchdowns during an inconsistent showing, to miss Sunday's home contest against Chicago.
Initially, head coach Marty Mornhinweg stated that McMahon's sprain was significant, but later listed his rookie quarterback as day-to-day.
"There are a lot of foot sprains that are better by Wednesday. I'm not sure that's the case here," said Mornhinweg. The Lions coaching staff will likely decide whether or not to start backup quarterback Ty Detmer in replace of McMahon on Thursday.
Detmer's last appearance was short-lived after tossing two interceptions on Monday night to the St. Louis Rams. That was on the heels of his appalling 6-interception offering against the Cleveland Browns.
Recently signed emergency quarterback Scott Dreisbach, a former University of Michigan star, would backup Detmer if McMahon is unable to play at all.
McMahon's injury, however, adds to a Lions' injury list that only continues to grow.
Detroit has witnessed the loss of All Pro's Germane Crowell and Stephen Boyd, along with several starters, including safety Ron Rice, Charlie Batch, and Herman Moore. The ball club has also gone an extended period of time this season without running back James Stewart, cornerback's Bryant Westbrook and Terry Fair, strong safety Kurt Schulz and return man Desmond Howard.
Replacement receiver, Bert Emmanuel, signed after Crowell's season-ending knee injury, has also missed several weeks. Second-year linebacker Barrett Green and rookie defensive tackle Shaun Rogers are both being bothered by minor back injuries.