The Lions are 0-13 for the first time ever. They're headed to Indianapolis to face Peyton Manning, trying to earn their first victory, and their own quarterback situation is uncertain.
Daunte Culpepper has a shoulder injury. As he was trying to heave a desperation pass late in Sunday's 20-16 loss to Minnesota, a defender caught his arm coming forward. Culpepper went for an MRI exam Monday.
"I want to see where Daunte is first," coach Rod Marinelli said. "We've got to see what that news is like, and then we've got to sit down tomorrow and look at all our options."
Dan Orlovsky has missed five games with a broken right thumb. He felt a problem when he tried to throw last week.
"I felt last week I was probably a week or two away, so we'll see how it feels this week," Orlovsky said. "I'll probably be a little more aggressive with it and push it a little more to see how it feels and responds. But I'm pretty confident I'll be able to go."
Drew Stanton returned from a concussion against the Vikings but served only as the emergency third quarterback after missing practice time last week. Stanton said he should be able to practice fully this week.
Only Drew Henson has no health issues. He came in for the final play against the Vikings after Culpepper was injured.
- The Lions' losing keeps getting worse. The fans' abuse keeps getting worse. And center Dominic Raiola snapped during Sunday's 20-16 loss to Minnesota.
Raiola has mixed it up with fans many times before. But he drew attention this time when he flipped off some fans at Ford Field, and asked if he regretted giving fans the business, he said no.
"I don't take one thing back," Raiola said. "I'll say the same thing to a fan that I see in the street. I wish I could give my address out to some fans. I'll do that. But, you know, I can't. Nobody plays with fists. Everybody wants to play with metal. So I can't.
"I'm so frustrated. I'm tired of being a doormat for people to just talk to us how they want to talk to us. I'm just not going to put up with it anymore."
The NFL reportedly is looking into Sunday's incident, while the Lions fined Raiola $7,500.
- Cornerback Brian Kelly was in uniform but did not play Sunday. Coach Rod Marinelli said it was a "three-safety game." That means when the Vikings ran a one-receiver set, the Lions used three safeties. But when the Lions used two cornerbacks, they used Leigh Bodden and Travis Fisher. After Fisher left with a neck injury in the fourth quarter, they put in Ramzee Robinson. Marinelli said Robinson's legs were warmer because he had been playing special teams all game while Kelly had been sitting. "No comment," Kelly said. "I don't have anything good for you to write about. If you want a story, you've got to go ask them."
- Marinelli admits he is stunned the Lions are 0-13. "I am, especially after the preseason we had and how fast we played," he said. "I am. It is surprising to me. But you deal with it and move on and try to get better." Asked if the Lions will be the worst team ever if they go 0-16, he said: "I guess by records, yeah." How does he rectify his belief in himself and the team with the reality of the performance and the record? "It's just me," he said. "It's what I believe. I go right back to work. I don't like some of the things that I see, but I know they're correctable and there's some things I do like and I keep working on those things as much as I can."
- LB Alex Lewis went on injured reserve with a pectoral injury.
- LB Darnell Bing was signed to take LB Alex Lewis' place on the roster.
- QB Dan Orlovsky said he will try to throw Wednesday. He has missed five games with a broken thumb and felt a problem when he tried to throw Wednesday, but he hopes to be ready this week.
- QB Drew Stanton was the third quarterback Sunday after missing practice time last week because of a concussion. He said he should be able to practice fully this week.
- CB Travis Fisher is OK after taking a shot in the throat Sunday. He said he gagged for a while, but once that stopped, he was fine.
- LB Paris Lenon has a chest injury but should be fine.