Two weeks ago, the Steelers opted to sit their dinged-up starting quarterback in lieu of exposing him to the Ravens defense.
On Sunday, the Lions apparently will be using the same approach with rookie Matthew Stafford.
The team has announced that Stafford will rest his injured left (non-throwing) shoulder on Sunday, and that Daunte Culpepper will start for the Lions at Baltimore.
Stafford initially injured the shoulder on the last play of regulation in a thrilling come-from-behind win over the Browns on November 22. Thanks to a pass interference penalty called in the end zone — and a time out called by the Browns after Stafford had been spatulaed off the field — Stafford re-entered the game and threw a one-yard touchdown pass.
Stafford was then listed as doubtful for the Thanksgiving game played four days later against the Packers. Stafford surprisingly played — to the apparent dismay of Daunte.
But now Culpepper will get his chance. Considering the opponent and their desperate 6-6 circumstances, maybe he shouldn’t want it.