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Harrington: Playing for Lions like being hit by an SUV

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Former NFL quarterback Joey Harrington is feeling better after a serious bicycle accident two weeks ago left him in the intensive care unit.

"I'm doing all right," Harrington told Portland television station KGW on Monday. "Everything was contained to ribs and collarbone and lung, was all up in this area. It's a pretty small portion of my body that's hurting. But I can get around fine."


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Harrington, who starred at the University of Oregon before he was taken third overall by the Detroit Lions in the 2002 NFL Draft, was hit from behind by an SUV while cycling in Portland on July 31. He suffered a broken collarbone and punctured lung, among other injuries.

Though seriously injured, Harrington never lost his sense of humor, according to the Detroit News.

"I was laying in the ER. I'm in the neck brace on the board and just sayin, 'Get me out of here,' " Harrington said. "I kinda whispered to one of the trauma docs, 'I played four years in Detroit. I can handle a car. Let's get this thing moving.' "

Harrington played for the Lions from 2002 to 2005, when the team went a combined 19-45. He later played for the Miami Dolphins, Atlanta Falcons and New Orleans Saints.

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