Lions' QB Situation Reduced to Slow Boil

Barring a total collapse, Harrington will be the Lions' starter the rest of the season.

(ALLEN PARK) -- The Lions' quarterback situation has been reduced to a slow boil in the aftermath of the team's 41-9 loss to the Indianapolis Colts on Thanksgiving Day.

Coach Steve Mariucci substituted backup quarterback Mike McMahon for starter Joey Harrington for the final 17 minutes of the game. Neither quarterback was able to get the team into the end zone.

Barring a total collapse, Harrington will be the Lions' starter the rest of the season although McMahon might get additional playing time if the team struggles.

And Mariucci has made it plain he is not nearly as interested in solving his long-term quarterback situation as he is in winning some games in the final month of the season.

"First and foremost, we're trying to win games right now," Mariucci said. "Who gives us the best chance to win a game right now? So the last five games are the most important thing -- this Arizona game and the last five, obviously.

"We will have to determine what we're going to do for next year and going forward. Of course, we have to determine that. You've got one guy that's a free agent, you've got one guy that's been here for three years."

Harrington has three years remaining on a six-year deal that is believed to be worth $5 million to him next year. McMahon, a four-year veteran, will be an unrestricted free agent at the end of the current season.

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