NFC North: Daunte Culpeper
Chicago Bears: Receiver Devin Hester (calf) missed practice Friday and is expected to sit out his second consecutive game Sunday at Baltimore. He is officially listed as doubtful on the injury report.
Detroit Lions: The Lions won’t have long snapper Don Muhlbach (concussion) Sunday against Arizona. Newcomer Nathan Hodel will handle those duties. Quarterback Daunte Culpepper will start in place of Matthew Stafford (shoulder). Safety Louis Delmas (ankle) is questionable but indications are that he will play.
Green Bay Packers: Dime back Brandon Underwood (hip) isn’t likely to play Sunday at Pittsburgh. Josh Bell could fill in for him. Nose tackle Ryan Pickett (hamstring) is questionable. Coach Mike McCarthy said it’s likely a decision won’t be made on Pickett until Saturday at the earliest.
Minnesota Vikings: Rookie receiver Percy Harvin (migraines) returned to practice and expressed hope that he will play Sunday night at Carolina. That’s not out of the realm of possibility, but he is listed as questionable and is far from a sure bet. Receiver Sidney Rice (illness) is questionable but expected to play.
DANA POINT, Calif. -- Throughout all the recent discussion on Detroit's quarterback situation -- Daunte Culpepper? Jon Kitna? Matthew Stafford? Jay Cutler? -- one prominent name has been overlooked. USC quarterback Mark Sanchez is generally considered the second-best quarterback in the draft, and the Lions have the ammunition to draft him if they want.
Lions officials will attend Sanchez's April 1 pro day, which is one day after the team's private workout with Georgia quarterback Stafford. The Lions won't give Sanchez a private workout, but coach Jim Schwartz said Wednesday they will host him on a visit to their practice facility in Detroit. The Lions also hope to tack some drills of their own onto his pro day throwing session, Schwartz said.
Typically, the schools control the workout procedure and plan the drills. Schwartz said the Lions hoped Sanchez will give Detroit the option of, say, throwing into the wind instead of with the wind.
"I'm sure his agent will be open to it," Schwartz said.
The Lions are in an interesting spot with Sanchez. Even if they prefer him over Stafford, it's unlikely they will choose him at No. 1. It's also risky to assume he will be available with their No. 20 overall pick. More than likely, the Lions would have to make some sort of trade -- either down from No. 1 pick or up from No. 20 -- to draft him in an appropriate slot.