August 2, 2011 / 9:55 PM / in 6 years

Former Lions QB Harrington hurt in bike crash

PORTLAND, Oregon (Reuters) - Former Detroit Lions quarterback Joey Harrington, who was hit by a car while riding his bike over the weekend, has been moved out of intensive care, a hospital spokeswoman said on Tuesday.

<p>Detroit Lions quarterback Joey Harrington throws in the first half against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers during their NFL game in Tampa, Florida October 2, 2005. REUTERS/Pierre DuCharme</p>

Harrington, 33, was listed in fair condition at Oregon Health and Science University Hospital, spokeswoman Tamara Hargens-Bradley said.

“He broke his clavicle, a rib, punctured a lung, and got skinned up pretty good. He has some staples in his head,” his father, John Harrington, told Reuters in a telephone interview.

“He was flipped up, landed on the hood of the car and hit on the side of his head. The guy hit the brakes and he came back down on the pavement again.”

Harrington was wearing a helmet, which his dad said likely protected him from more serious injury.

The senior Harrington said his son was a little groggy “and he is probably not real happy that he won’t be able to play golf for a while.”

Harrington, now a sports broadcaster, is a popular figure around his hometown of Portland.

He works with the Harrington Family Foundation and volunteers for organizations including Special Olympics Oregon.

The former Detroit Lions quarterback and Oregon Ducks standout was struck from behind by a sports utility vehicle while riding his bicycle on Sunday evening.

The driver, identified as 26-year-old Derek Johnston, was cited by police for following too closely.

Harrington led the Ducks to a Fiesta Bowl victory in 2002 before he was drafted third overall by the Lions.

Editing by Dan Whitcomb and Greg McCune

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