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Joey Harrington Injured in Bicycle Accident

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Joey Harrington with Lions (det.scout.com)

Former Detroit Lions first-round pick, Joey Harrington, was injured in a bicycle accident Sunday night when he was hit by a sport utility vehicle while biking in southeast Portland.

The former star quarterback for the University of Oregon Ducks and No. 3 selection in the 2002 draft was in a Oregon hospital after suffering a broken collarbone, punctured lung, and laceration on his head. His injuries are not life threatening and he is expected to be released Tuesday.

The former QB was hit from behind by an SUV driven by a 26-year-old man, police said. The man remained at the scene until police arrived, the Associated Press reported. He was cited for following too close.

“The impact … put him up on the top of the car,” his father, John Harrington said, according to the Statesman Journal. “Joey ended up upside down and came down on his head and shoulder and then skidded off to the side.” Harrington was wearing a helmet, his father said.

The Detroit Lions selected Harrington with the first-round pick in 2002 after a successful run in Oregon, that included a Fiesta Bowl win in 2001 and placing fourth in the Heisman Trophy voting.

During his six years in the NFL, Harrington had more interceptions than touchdowns and posted a losing record of 26-50. Harrington last played in 2007 with the Atlanta Falcons.

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