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Kolb, subbing for Vick, back as starter

Eagles QB Kevin Kolb, above, steps back in as the starter as he was in Week 1, this time replacing Michael Vick.

Associated Press

Eagles QB Kevin Kolb, above, steps back in as the starter as he was in Week 1, this time replacing Michael Vick.

PHILADELPHIA — Kevin Kolb will replace the injured Michael Vick as the starting quarterback for the Eagles on Sunday.

Vick didn't practice all week because of a rib cartilage injury sustained when two Redskins sandwiched him Sunday. He won't travel to San Francisco.

Kolb said he has been preparing as if he would play.

"I approached it like that all week, and that's the way you have to do it, so it doesn't change anything in my mind," he said. "But it just helps you focus in on that you're the guy and you've got to go in and win."

Kolb began the season as the starter, but he lost his job after he suffered a concussion in Week 1 and Vick played exceptionally in his absence. Vick led the Eagles to two road wins and was the NFC offensive player of the month in September.

After replacing Vick on Sunday, Kolb was 22-of-35 for 201 yards, a touchdown and an interception (on a desperation heave at the end of the game). He struggled in the opener before getting hurt, going 5-of-10 for 24 yards. Overall, he has led the Eagles to just 15 points in five quarters.

Meanwhile, staring running back LeSean McCoy is expected to play despite a broken rib.

Blackout: Thanks to an area furniture store buying 800 tickets, Sunday's Lions home game against the Rams will air in the Detroit area.

Fines: Titans cornerback Cortland Finnegan must pay $10,000 for hitting Broncos guard Chris Kuper after Kuper's helmet was off. Also paying: Saints linebacker Marvin Mitchell ($10,000 for a major facemask against Carolina), Eagles safety Quintin Mikell ($7,500 for a horse-collar on Redskins receiver Santana Moss) and Giants linebacker Jonathan Goff ($7,500 for helmet-to-helmet contact with Bears quarterback Todd Collins and $5,000 for unnecessary roughness).

Bills: Safety Bryan Scott and linebacker Keith Ellison, who have started one and two games, respectively, won't play Sunday because of knee injuries. Coach Chan Gailey did not disclose details of the injuries.

Browns: Quarterback Jake Delhomme, out since spraining his right ankle in the opener, and running back Peyton Hillis, who missed practice a day after strained a thigh, said they are confident they will start Sunday.

Giants: Safety Kenny Phillips, slowed by sprained left medial collateral ligament, likely will be a game-time decision. If he sits, Brian Jackson, promoted from the practice squad last week, would see time. Running back Ahmad Bradshaw had limited practice after missing two days with a sprained right ankle but said he should be ready to go.

Jets: Standout cornerback Darrelle Revis said his strained left hamstring is feeling good enough that he could "play right now." But he likely will wait until Sunday or Monday to determine his status for Monday's game against the Vikings.

Lions: Guard Rob Sims signed a four-year extension. Financial terms were not disclosed. He has started every game this season. The team acquired him in the offseason from Seattle.

Panthers: Top receiver Steve Smith (sprained left ankle) was ruled out for Sunday.

Raiders: Running back Darren McFadden, second in the league with 554 yards from scrimmage, was ruled out of Sunday's game against San Diego with a right hamstring injury. He will be replaced by Michael Bush, who missed the first two games with a broken thumb and played sparingly the past two weeks.

Rams: Defensive tackle Clifton Ryan, who had appeared in 49 consecutive games (27 starts) before being hit with migraines, practiced for the first time since Sept. 15. His status for Sunday hasn't been determined.

Redskins: Coach Mike Shanahan said he is uncertain if defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth will play Sunday. He left the team Thursday after his half-brother died in a motorcycle crash in Nashville. Police said Lance McCoy, 23, was traveling at a high speed when his motorcycle struck a car.

Texans: Defensive end Mario Williams will be a game-time decision with a groin injury sustained at practice Thursday. Receiver Andre Johnson, who sat out Sunday with a sprained right ankle, practiced. He also will be a game-time decision, but coach Gary Kubiak said the ankle seems healthier than last week.

VIKINGS: Rookie cornerback Chris Cook has a torn meniscus in his left knee and will miss about three weeks, the Star Tribune of Minneapolis reported.

JURISPRUDENCE: Former 49ers running back Glen Coffee was arrested on a gun charge in the Panhandle. Fort Walton Beach police say he was arrested Thursday and charged with possession of a concealed firearm. He was released from jail Friday.

Kolb, subbing for Vick, back as starter 10/08/10 [Last modified: Friday, October 8, 2010 9:40pm]
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