The 29-year old, five-year NFL veteran was rumored to be headed to the Hamilton Tiger Cats of the Canadian Football League, but instead worked out for the New England Patriots last week and is in Detroit today.
But Lions head coach Steve Mariucci said he had no knowledge of King's impending visit as late as his press conference yesterday. "I don't know anything about that," said Mariucci. "We have a list of about a dozen guys who are potential guys on our 53-man squad and then another dozen guys that are potential practice squad guys, but I don't know of any plans to bring him in at this point."
The move could mean a difference of opinion in the Lions organization of the role of Dan Orlovsky and perhaps even of starter Joey Harrington. If King still has some of what he showed while with the Buccaneers, he could shake up the Lions depth chart.
King's best year was 2000, when he threw for 2,769 yards, 18 touchdowns against 13 interceptions. But he admits he didn't work as hard as he should have to keep the starting quarterback position.
"The year after the championship game, I didn't do what I was supposed to do in terms of getting prepared," King said. "I didn't, and it cost me. But, I mean, when you look at post-2001, I've been in shape every camp. But when you've been somewhere and you kind of have a history, sometimes they look at the glass half empty instead of half full."
Detroit is likely seeking a veteran presence until Jeff Garcia can return. After a five-interception performance, Joey Harrington might have gotten the hook if Detroit had a veteran quarterback on the roster, but Mariucci denied that was the case.
"There was nobody out there that would have come in and played this game. Joey was going to play this game," said the coach.
Garcia for his part, will have the protective boot taken off his broken tibia and hopes to begin walking without it this week. "The X-rays show that he is healing quite well and that will be good news to get him walking around a little bit," said Mariucci.
INJURY UPDATE: Detroit will likely be without veteran Fernando Bryant for an extended period of time. Bryant suffered a collarbone injury and could be lost for the season. "We did an MRI and we are going to evaluate it again in a week. It is pretty severe. It is a lengthy process for him. After a week or so, we will know if we are just going to rehab it and try to get him back quickly, if that would be a matter of several weeks or if surgery would be required - we will not know anything until next week." In Bryant's absence, veteran Andre Goodman, who has played well will likely move into the starting lineup and second-year man Keith Smith will probably move into the active roster. Veteran R.W. McQuarters will become the team's nickel back.
Jason Hanson will rest for another week and not start kicking until late next week in an attempt to give his hamstring the longest time to heal. Detroit re-signed veteran guard Dave Loverne back to the roster and released kicker Remy Hamilton. Hamilton has been placed onto the practice squad.
Shawn Bryson (heel), Vernon Fox (elbow) and James Hall (groin) also had minor injuries and will rest up. Mariucci will give the team and extended weekend off beginning Thursday before practice resumes on Monday. Cory Schlesinger has begun working on the team's underwater treadmill and could be back in a couple of weeks.
Lions Bring in Former Bucs' QB King For Workout
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