Black and Blue all over: Equal time for QBs

August, 28, 2009
8/28/09
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Posted by ESPN.com's Kevin Seifert

Detroit's quarterback competition will continue Saturday against Indianapolis, and all we know for now is that Daunte Culpepper and Matthew Stafford will play roughly the same amount of time. Coach Jim Schwartz hasn't said yet who will start -- or, rather, "begin" -- and Schwartz has downplayed the significance of who starts the usually-critical third preseason game, anyway.

"It's still wide open," Schwartz said Thursday, according to John Niyo of the Detroit News.

You would think a strong performance could give Culpepper the upper hand after Stafford struggled last week at Cleveland. But it's entirely possible Schwartz will extend the competition into the fourth week of the preseason, giving both players another week to separate from each other. Stay tuned.

Continuing around the NFC North:

Manny Ramirez is pushing Daniel Loper at left guard for the Lions, writes Nicholas J. Cotsonika of the Detroit Free Press. Green Bay's new defense will get a true test Friday night at Arizona, writes Tom Silverstein of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Packers quarterback Brian Brohm deserves more time to develop after a rough preseason, writes Mike Vandermause of the Green Bay Press-Gazette. Chicago defensive tackle Matt Toeaina could win a roster spot if Dusty Dvoracek is lost for the season, writes Brad Biggs of the Chicago Sun-Times. Bears safety Danieal Manning isn't likely to play Saturday at Denver, making it more difficult for him to retain his starting job, writes Jeff Dickerson of ESPN Chicago. A Minnesota executive denied that Vikings owner Zygi Wilf is looking for more investors, reports Judd Zulgad of the Star Tribune.

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