DETROIT - If Lions' quarterback Joey Harrington wants to officially regain his starting position, he'll need more performances like the one he had Sunday against the Arizona Cardinals.
Despite tossing for 231 yards on 22 of 32 passing, including three touchdowns and no turnovers, Lions' head coach Steve Mariucci remained noncommital toward Harrington following the team's 29-21 win.
"Well, he might (start)," said Mariucci regarding next week's game at Dallas. "It's a good situation that we're in right now. Joey has put a nice game together here. Jeff didn't practice much last week. We will consider playing Jeff when he can practice without a lot of pain, feel good, feel mobile and all those sort of things.
"Until then, Joey's going to win games for us and play. Let's just let the week go on and see where these guys are, see how Jeff feels. I have confidence in both guys."
Harrington's performance, however, was more than noteworthy. Although the Cardinals have the tendency to make the opposition look better than they are, Harrington was able to thread the needle on several tosses, including a 33-yard laser-guided throw to tight end Marcus Pollard. He finished with a quarterback rating above 120.
"It was a good performance," conceeded Mariucci. "You're darn right. We're going to obviously take that into consideration, but we're also going to take into consideration Jeff's health."
Mariucci continued: "I'll decide (the starter) at the end of the week. When Jeff is completely healthy, I felt that he would be the starter. The fact is he's not. Until then, we'll have to decide and see where he goes. Joey's playing well. I like when they both play well and they're both healthy. That's a great situation for us to be in"
Garcia continues to recover after reaggravating an ankle injury suffered during the preseason. The veteran signal caller and Mariucci's right-hand-man in San Francisco has not put together a complete day of practice since the team's loss to Chicago three weeks ago.
Harrington, meanwhile, has taken a more laid back approach since losing his job to Garcia several weeks ago, before regaining it by default.
"I'm not worried about that. No. 1, we won. No. 2, my job and my focus does not change," said Harrington following the game. "If coach says that Jeff (Garcia) is starting next week, then I am going to do my best to back him up and be there for this team. If he says that I am starting next week because Jeff's not ready then I am going to be prepared as well and I'm going to go out and play as hard as I can again. So it doesn't change my mindset and it doesn't change my preparation, it's just whether or not I am going to be on the field.
"Either way, I am going to be ready for this team."
When asked who he preferred at the quarterback position, Lions' wide receiver Roy Williams kept a poker face.
"That is not my call," said Williams, who was on the receiving end of three touchdown passes from Harrington. "I am going to stay away from all of that. That is not my call. (My job) is to catch the little brown ball. That is all I can say."
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