The Facts: Kitna says he expects to play eventually this year but doesn't know if he will this week against the Houston Texans. Kitna told The Associated Press on Monday his back injury isn't that bad. HC Rod Marinelli declined to answer questions about Kitna's health at his news conference.
Diehards Line:Fourth-year pro Dan Orlovsky played in Sunday's 12-10 loss at Minnesota, snapping Kitna's starting streak at 36 games. Drew Stanton, a second-round pick last year, was the winless Lions' No. 2 quarterback for the first time in his career against the Vikings. The 36-year-old Kitna started against the Chicago Bears on Oct. 5 but left the game with back spasms.