(ALLEN PARK, MI) -- Lions head coach Marty Mornhinweg confirmed Monday that rookie quarterback Joey Harrington has been lost for the season. Harrington suffered heart arrhythmia in the Lions 23-20 loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers after playing just one series.
The strange occurance was an utter surprise to the Lions front office and coaching staff because Harrington had no history of such problems and nothing was discovered in exhaustive pre-draft camp physicals.
Lions trainer Al Bellamy and coach Mornhinweg say that the problem is in no way career threatening and that an off-season program has been devised for Harrington in hopes of having him come back next season ready to improve upon his first year record.
The loss of Harrington means the athletic, strong-armed Mike McMahon will start his first game since being benched after back-to-back losses to open the season. McMahon sparked Detroit to their best performance in over a month, despite the loss to Tampa Bay.
Meanwhile, it was learned that defensive tackle Luther Elliss and reserve defensive back Bracey Walker were also probably out for the season although a definitive decision will be made later this week, but could come as soon as this evening.
Walker's injury is the more serious of the two. Mornhinweg indicated that Bracy Walker was in the intensive care unit of the hospital with a liver laceration which he termed "significant". Mornhinweg stated "they're going to keep him quite a little while."
Center Dominic Raiola also suffered a broken hand which has now been put into a cast. It is his non-snapping hand, meaning he will be able to continue to play and may start. If not, Eric Beverly would move from his starting left guard position to the center.
Defensive tackle Luther Elliss could join Harrington and Walker on the injured reserve list. Elliss suffered a high ankle sprain that could take as long as four weeks to heal. Returner Eddie Drummond suffered a concussion but is expected to play.