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Michael Vick, right, wasn’t expected to take over from Kevin Kolb, left, as Eagles starter even after the past two weeks.

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Michael Vick, right, wasn’t expected to take over from Kevin Kolb, left, as Eagles starter even after the past two weeks.

PHILADELPHIA — Michael Vick earned himself a starting job by being — of all things — a pocket passer.

Vick will take over as the Eagles' No. 1 quarterback, coach Andy Reid said Tuesday, a day after he announced he would go back to Kevin Kolb.

"When someone is playing at the level Michael Vick is playing, you have to give him an opportunity," Reid said. "This isn't about Kevin Kolb's play. You're talking about Michael Vick as one of the best quarterbacks in the NFL right now."

Vick is considered the greatest scrambling quarterback in NFL history, but has now shown he no longer has a run-first mentality.

Kolb missed the past six quarters after sustaining a concussion, and Vick played well in his absence. Kolb was cleared to practice and was expected to run the first-team offense today.

"Kevin is fine. It's not an injury-related issue," Reid said. "It's not about judging him."

Vick threw for 175 yards and one touchdown and ran for 103 yards in a 27-20 season-opening loss to Green Bay. He had 284 yards passing and two TDs in a 35-32 win at Detroit on Sunday.

Sheriff: WR's suicide related to depression

DENVER — In the hours after the death of Broncos wide receiver Kenny McKinley, friends and teammates struggled to find answers to why the person so commonly seen with a smile would take his life.

The Arapahoe County Sheriff's Office and coroner determined McKinley died Monday afternoon from a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head.

But according to the Denver Post, a sheriff's office report said McKinley, 23, was suffering from depression after he had knee surgery four weeks ago. The sheriff's report, quoting an investigator, said McKinley made statements shortly after the surgery "that he should just kill himself."

The report provided no explanation for the source of the investigator's information.

Police said the second floor was "very smoky" and the attending officer "could smell a strong odor of marijuana." A bag of leafy substance was found in a shoe box that was in the bedroom.

JETS' EDWARDS ARRESTED: Jets receiver Braylon Edwards was arraigned on charges of driving while intoxicated Tuesday.

According to prosecutors, Edwards told a police officer he had been drinking before being pulled over in his sport utility vehicle, but he suggested letting him leave the car and go home.

Officers pulled over Edwards' Land Rover around 5:15 a.m. in Manahttan and noticed a strong smell of alcohol, chief NYPD spokesman Paul Browne said.

Edwards' blood alcohol level was 0.16, twice the level at which the state presumes impairment.

In January, Edwards was placed on probation for 18 months after pleading no contest to misdemeanor aggravated disorderly conduct in Cleveland.

Jets general manager Mike Tannenbaum said Edwards would be active for Sunday's game against the Dolphins.

MEDIA CONTROVERSY: The Mexican reporter at the center of the Jets' sexual harassment scandal said those who promoted her case are setting back the cause of equal treatment for women. Ines Sainz said those defending her never contacted her before complaining to the NFL. Amy Moritz, the president of the Association for Women in Sports Media and a reporter for the Buffalo News, said AWSM tried "in a variety of ways" to contact Sainz, to no avail.

FALCONS: Backup running back Jerious Norwood (knee) is out for the season.

GIANTS: The league fined running back Brandon Jacobs $10,000 for accidentally throwing his helmet in the stands during Sunday's game at the Colts.

RAVENS: The league fined coach John Harbaugh $15,000 for impermissible verbal and physical contact with an official in Sunday's loss at Cincinnati.

REDSKINS: Former Chiefs running back Larry Johnson, who gained 2 yards on five carries in two games, was released.

STEELERS: Quarterback Dennis Dixon (torn meniscus, left knee) is expected to have surgery today and is out indefinitely. Dixon was starting in place of the suspended Ben Roethlisberger. The injury leaves either Byron Leftwich or Charlie Batch as the starter for Sunday's game against the Bucs at Raymond James Stadium.

TEXANS: Left tackle Duane Brown was suspended four games without pay for violating the policy on performance enhancing drugs.

VIKINGS: NFL.com reported that the team picked up receiver Hank Baskett. The Vikings did not confirm the signing.

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