Harrington "thrilled"; Veteran RB signed

On Wednesday, Lions' head coach Marty Mornhinweg pulled a somewhat delayed trigger: He named rookie quarterback Joey Harrington the team's starter for Sunday. Harrington was thrilled with the news that comes shortly after Mornhinweg faced the most harsh media criticism in his coaching career. The Lions also signed a veteran running back on Wednesday.

On Wednesday, Lions' head coach Marty Mornhinweg pulled a somewhat delayed trigger: He named rookie quarterback Joey Harrington the team's starter for Sunday.

Mornhinweg had been under severe criticism following two consecutive losses to open the season, with no apparent improvement over last season's 2-14 mark.

After playing musical chairs with his quarterbacks last week against Carolina, he opted for Harrington over second-year man Mike McMahon when Detroit battles Green Bay in its home opener.

According to The Sports Xchange, Harrington was thrilled with the news.

"I like it, I like it," he said, enthusiastically. "I get a chance to play. I love being in that huddle, I love having the confidence in my teammates, I love having them look to me when the pressure's on.

"That's part of the game. That's why I love playing. It's exciting. When you're playing with a lot of adrenalin and everybody's watching, that's what this game is about."

NOTES: Paul Wezner reports: On Wednesday the Lions came to terms with Running Back Richard Huntley, who played last season with the Carolina Panthers.

Huntley was one of the final cuts this offseason by the Buffalo Bills. Last season Huntley rushed for 665 yards for the Panthers along with 2 rushing Touchdowns. In 2000 and 1999 he was a backup for Pittsburgh. In 1999 he led the Steelers with 8 Touchdowns.

Huntley, who will take Kerlin Blaise's roster spot, will back up James Stewart along with Lamont Warren and Aveion Cason. No word yet on whether or not Huntley will be active this weekend for the home opener against Green Bay.

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