5 Nov 2008

Culpepper coming out of retirement

10:30 am on 5 November 2008

Three-times American Football Pro Bowl quarterback Daunte Culpepper is coming out of retirement to play for the winless Detroit Lions.

31-year-old Culpepper announced his retirement from the NFL in September after being unable to find a team following his release by the Oakland Raiders.

Fourth-year quarterback Dan Orlovsky, who started his fourth game for the Lions on Monday at Chicago, sprained his thumb and may miss this week's clash with Jacksonville.

Culpepper was drafted by the Minnesota Vikings in 1999 and had a turbulent career.

In 2004 he enjoyed a dream season, passing for 4,717 yards and 39 touchdowns and running for 406 yards and two touchdowns.

A year later Culpepper suffered a serious knee injury and was unable to reproduce that sort of form.

He had a disappointing season with the Miami Dolphins in 2007 and moved to the Raiders last year.