Sunday, February 25, 2018
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It's Vick's turn, so he'll start preseason opener

PHILADELPHIA — Michael Vick will start at quarterback for the Eagles in tonight's preseason opener against New England because coach Chip Kelly said it's his turn to go first in the rotation.

Nick Foles also will take snaps with the starters, and Kelly said the second-year pro will start the second preseason game.

"It was Mike's day in the rotation. That was the easiest way for us to do it, and then we'll make sure the rotation works out that Nick will get the start next week," Kelly said Thursday.

Kelly said the decision had nothing to do with the performances during training camp.

"It doesn't mean anything," Vick said about starting. "The only thing I want to do is go out there and have fun, play the game, play with a purpose, enjoy every snap, try to make the most out of it as long as I'm out there and just try to be consistent."

Vick and Foles are expected to get between 12 and 20 snaps. Rookie Matt Barkley will come in after during the second quarter.

49ers sign ex-Buc

SAN FRANCISCO — Cornerback Eric Wright, who played for the Bucs last season, signed with the 49ers.

Last month, the Bucs sent Wright to the 49ers for a conditional pick. But the trade was voided after he failed a physical. The Bucs then released him.

Since then, the 49ers lost cornerback Chris Culliver to a season-ending torn left ACL. Wright will compete with Tramaine Brock, Nnamdi Asomugha and Perrish Cox for playing time behind Carlos Rogers and Tarell Brown.

Burress done for year? Steelers receiver Plaxico Bur­ress has a torn rotator cuff, which could end his season, ESPN reported. He was hurt in practice when he landed awkwardly on his right arm trying to make a catch. The soon-to-be 36-year-old was in the mix to be the team's fourth or fifth receiver.

Broncos: The league will hear the appeal of linebacker Von Miller's four-game suspension Aug. 15, espn.com reported. No reason was given for the suspension. The players union said only it was not for performance-enhancing drugs.

Falcons: The organizer of a petition that sought to block public financing for a new stadium said he failed to gather enough signatures. William Perry needed 35,000 signatures in 60 days to qualify for the November ballot. State and city officials have signed off on the $1 billion stadium project that includes about $200 million in public bonds.

Jaguars: Blaine Gabbert, the 10th overall pick in 2011, will start at quarterback tonight against the Dolphins. However, coach Gus Bradley said he plans to give Chad Henne snaps behind the first-team offensive line.

Packers: Coach Mike McCarthy said quarterback Vince Young will play tonight against the Cardinals. Young, the third overall pick of the Titans in 2006, signed this week after sitting out last season. He is competing with Graham Harrell and B.J. Coleman to back up Aaron Rodgers.

Patriots: Quarterback Tim Tebow likely will play tonight against the Eagles. The former Gator said he received specific instructions from coach Bill Belichick: "Just be ready when your number is called."

Thursday's games

Bengals 34, Falcons 10: Former Bucs quarterback Josh Johnson, competing with John Skelton to back up Andy Dalton, directed two second-quarter touchdown drives for the visiting Bengals. Johnson passed for 100 yards, including a 21-yard touchdown to Brandon Tate, and ran for 64. Rams starting right tackle Rodger Safford left after two plays with a shoulder injury.

Redskins 22, Titans 21: Former West Virginia quarterback Pat White, competing with former Gator Rex Grossman to be the No. 3, scored on a 9-yard run with 2:23 left, then completed a pass for two points.

Browns 27, Rams 19: Brandon Weeden, who has not been named the starter, threw a touchdown and led two scoring drives for the host Browns. The second-year player finished 10-of-13 for 112 yards.

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