Lions sign Dan Orlovsky to backup Matthew Stafford

(WXYZ) - Former Lions quarterback Dan Orlovsky has been re-signed by Detroit to back up quarterback Matthew Stafford.

Orlovsky was originally drafted by the Lions in the fifth round of the 2005 draft. He spent four seasons with the team and played significantly in the 2008 season, when the team finished with an 0-16 record.

His most memorable, or infamous, moment came when he mistakenly ran out of the back of the end zone while rolling out to pass in a game against the Minnesota Vikings.

It came to represent and symbolize the ineptitude of the hapless squad that remains the only team in NFL history to go winless in a 16-game season.

Since leaving Detroit, Orlovsky has played in Houston, Indianapolis and Tampa Bay.  He is familiar with Lions head coach Jim Caldwell from the time they spent together with the Colts.

Orlovsky was signed to a one-year deal. 

Third-year quarterback Kellen Moore remains on the Lions roster, and it's likely the team will acquire another young quarterback either in the draft or as a free agent shortly thereafter.


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