Orlovsky: Lions going with Rudock as backup QB

The Detroit News

Quarterback Dan Orlovsky’s time with the Detroit Lions appears to be over.

Orlovsky said on SiriusXM NFL Radio on Thursday morning that, the “Lions let me know they’re going in a different direction with Jake Rudock” as starter Matthew Stafford’s backup next season.

Orlovsky, who has spent a combined seven seasons over two stints with the Lions, hinted at his departure in a tweet last week.

Orlovsky, 33, played in two games last season, going 7-for-17 passing for 63 yards. Drafted by the Lions out of Connecticut, he played in Detroit from 2005 to 2008 before stops in Houston, Indianapolis and Tampa Bay. He returned to the Lions in 2014.

The Lions drafted Rudock in the sixth round of last year’s draft out of Michigan, where he spent a graduate-transfer season following four years at Iowa.