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Saturday, October 27, 2007

Testaverde Starts; Harrison Out; New Captains

Vinny Testaverde continues his post as the 10th starting QB in franchise history this week*, starting against the Indianapolis Colts. John Fox announced the post on Friday, stating that David Carr wasn't 100% and that this was a game-to-game decision.

A Carr loss this week, after a Testaverde win that made the nation take notice for Testaverde as much as anything else, would be disastrous for the young QB, and the team seems to have a lot of confidence in Testaverde after the win.

As well, it appears that both Dan Morgan and Adam Seward are out for the Colts game yet again. Nick Goings is out for the year - doctors apparently deeming his concussion fairly severe and being cautious with him (possibly to set a precedent for Morgan). Replacing Nick Goings on the roster is former Redskins/Lions LB Donte Curry (6'1, 240), a former special teams captain that should dress this week to cover kicks. Curry has played in 78 games, starting 12 (10 for Detroit in 2002). Curry was first or second in ST tackles in his five years as a Lion, and a ST Captain in 2006.

No word on other inactives, but 3rd QB Matt Moore should be declared an emergency QB this week, as opposed to last week when they activated all 3 at the expense of another active roster player. This may give WR Dwayne Jarrett a shot at dressing for the second time this year.


Marvin Harrison will likely be out for the game, the Colts' receiver having not practiced this week. Reggie Wayne will undoubtedly be the team's chosen receiver this week, with 2nd round pick Anthony Gonzalez moving from the slot if Harrison doesn't start. Aaron Moorehead, who took a lot of snaps from Harrison last week, is also ailing with a back injury, but did practice Friday. Last week against the Jaguars, Harrison played 40 snaps, carefully placed in certain situations.

New Captains
With Jake Delhomme out for the season, and Nick Goings going on IR as well, the team announced that two new captains would take their place: OT Jordan Gross and K John Kasay. No word as to how or why the pair were selected, though it's likely they were the next highest vote receivers on offense and special teams. To this point, I've seen nothing out of Gross to suggest captainship, deferring to Mike Wahle's battle-tested nature and his calling of the players-only meeting. Kasay has been a captain many times, including Super Bowl XXXVIII.

*If you're counting at home, don't forget Matt Lytle against St. Louis in 2001, or Randy Fasani against Tampa Bay in 2002 (a franchise-worst 0.0 QB game rating), no matter how much you want to do so.
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