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Batch Says He'll Start Sunday

Just 24 hours after signing a four-year, $31 million contract extension, Charlie Batch said Thursday he will start Sunday against the Washington Redskins.

"I'm not 100 percent, and there are some things in the game plan that I can't do, but I'll be out there," Batch said after practice. "Obviously, if I keep waiting, I'll get closer to 100 percent, but I can do things now that I couldn't do last week, so we felt the time was right."

Batch broke a bone in his knee during offseason workouts and missed all of training camp and the Lions' 14-10 season-opening win in New Orleans.

Lions coach Bobby Ross said the team is happy to have Batch back, even after Stoney Case helped them to victory over the Saints.

"No offense to Stoney at all, but Charlie is our quarterback of the present and of the future," Ross said. "He's the guy we want out there in a big game."

As he did Wednesday after signing the contract, Batch took the vast majority of snaps in Thursday's practice 15 to just three for Case. He looked sharp, completing seven of 10 passes, but used very little lateral movement.

"His timing has been really sharp, and based on what I've seen over the past two days, he's ready to go," Ross said. "Obviously, there's going to be some adjustment to going at game speed again, but his timing with the receivers is already there. Keep in mind that he's been throwing for five weeks now."

Batch missed all or parts of 10 games last season, including a playoff loss to the Redskins, after suffering elbow and hand injuries.

"I'm sure there is going to be some rust there," Batch said. "I'm on game one of my season, and all these other guys have already played a game, plus the preseason. So I'm going to already be playing catchup, and I won't be 100 percent. But I'll do whatever I can to help the team win."

The status of one of Batch's favorite targets is still in doubt. Herman Moore, optimistic earlier in the week about returning from a separated shoulder, suffered a neck stinger during practice and is unsure if he will be able to play.

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