Dan Orlovsky Out With Sprained Thumb, Lions Quarterback Situation Still a Mess

Earlier today Ryan Wilson brought us the bizarre story that is the Detroit Lions (0-8) quarterback controversy. I'm not sure controversy does the current situation its proper justice. Chaos seems like a better term.

The current quarterback, Dan Orlovsky, gave us the greatest mental mistake of the NFL season, while the offensive coordinator is afraid last year's second round pick would embarrass himself if he were actually given an opportunity to play in a game (as opposed to simply running out of the end zone, I'm guessing Drew Stanton would turn around and punt the football into the stands. That's about the only thing that would be more embarrassing than the current level of play at the position for Detroit). And let's not forget about what is, potentially, the worst idea ever.

Well, this afternoon, the chaos that is the Lions quarterback situation took yet another turn as Jay Glazer of Fox Sports is reporting that Orlovsky is going to miss the next few weeks with a sprained thumb.

Lions starting quarterback Dan Orlovsky sprained a ligament in his thumb on his throwing hand and will miss the next few weeks, and perhaps even longer, FOXSports.com has learned. Orlovsky will have his right hand placed in a cast for the next couple weeks to see how quickly it heels before the Lions decide when he can return to action.

So the controversy deepens. Actually, the real controversy is probably just getting started. As long as Orlovsky was healthy, I imagine he would have held the No. 1 job until Daunte Culpepper adjusted himself to playing football again, and learned enough of the Lions offense to actually run it in a game. That's no longer an option.

Do the Lions turn the job over to Culpepper, a quarterback that hasn't taken a snap in almost a year and is, I'm guessing, completely unfamiliar with the Lions offense? Or do they let the youngster, Stanton, get some trial-by-fire, on-the-job training and see if he can show some signs of being a potential long-term answer?

Sure, he might embarrass himself, but again, there's nowhere to go but up for the Lions at this point.

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