Nothing is official yet, but it looks like Detroit will give Daunte Culpepper one last start in Sunday’s season finale against Chicago.
Lions coach Jim Schwartz declined to confirm the decision, but invited reporters to read whatever they wanted into the fact that Culpepper practiced Wednesday with the first team. That would mean Drew Stanton is a one-and-done starter after committing four turnovers Sunday in San Francisco.
I can’t make a huge argument that Stanton deserves another start. But on the other hand, Culpepper has no future with the Lions. He said Wednesday he still sees himself as a starter, according to John Niyo of the Detroit News. That goal that would require moving on this offseason. He’s 0-9 as a Lions starter the past two seasons.
Continuing around the NFC North:
Should Lions safety Louis Delmas get consideration for rookie of the year? Nicholas J. Cotsonika of the Detroit Free Press looks into that question.
Chicago placed defensive tackle Israel Idonije (foot) and cornerback Charles Tillman (ribs/lung) on injured reserve, notes Jeff Dickerson of ESPN Chicago. Corey Graham is likely to start in Tillman’s spot Sunday against Detroit.
The Bears erred by not getting quarterback Jay Cutler out of the pocket more this season, writes Dan Pompei of the Chicago Tribune.
Green Bay quarterback Aaron Rodgers’ consistency over the past two years has been unmatched, writes Greg A. Bedard of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.
It appears Packers nose tackle Ryan Pickett (hamstring) won’t play Sunday at Arizona, writes Jason Wilde of ESPN Milwaukee.
Arizona has a better chance than the Packers of having something to play for Sunday, according to Rob Demovsky of the Green Bay Press-Gazette.
One reason Minnesota left tackle Bryant McKinnie made the Pro Bowl: Four of last year’s Pro Bowl tackles are on injured reserve. Judd Zulgad of the Star Tribune has more.
Vikings place-kicker Ryan Longwell is a first Pro Bowl alternate for the ninth time in his career, according to Sean Jensen of the St. Paul Pioneer Press.