ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) – Lions backup quarterback Jeff Garcia could miss the regular season after breaking his left leg in Friday’s preseason finale against Buffalo.

Coach Steve Mariucci said during halftime that X-rays revealed Garcia broke his fibula. Mariucci added that the player will have further tests on Saturday to determine whether he also sprained his left ankle.

Garcia was hurt at the end of a 23-yard run when he caught his left foot on the turf as he was hit across the neck by Bills cornerback Terrence McGee. Garcia, who scampered into a wide-open hole, was just beginning to slide when he was hit.

He lay on the field in pain for several minutes, but able to move his ankle as trainers attended to him. Garcia, however, was unable to put any weight on his left foot as he was helped onto a cart and driven to the team’s locker room.

Garcia, a seven-year veteran who signed with Detroit as a free agent in March, started the game in place of Joey Harrington, held out because of a groin injury. Garcia was 4-of-8 for 33 yards passing and had two rushes for 29 yards before he was hurt.

Rookie fifth-round pick Dan Orlovsky took over for Garcia.

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