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Vick cleared, returns to practice

PHILADELPHIA — Eagles quarterback Michael Vick returned to practice Thursday, just four days after he suffered a concussion against the Falcons.

During the portion of Thursday's practice open to the media, Vick was seen throwing passes to assistant coaches, jogging and participating in all the drills that the other quarterbacks — Mike Kafka and Vince Young — participated in.

The Eagles announced after practice that Vick was a full participant with no restrictions. "He looked good, he looked fine," receiver Jeremy Maclin said.

Vick's participation showed that he has been cleared by the NFL-appointed independent neurologist, required under league policy.

Marijuana tracked to Bengal player's house

CINCINNATI — For authorities tracking a marijuana shipment from California, the trail ended at the northern Kentucky home of Bengals receiver Jerome Simpson, where police say they found more drugs.

No arrests have been made, but police are still investigating the case involving a package containing 2½ pounds of marijuana that was accepted by a woman at Simpson's home.

Simpson, 25, was at his home with his girlfriend and teammate Anthony Collins, said Michelle Gregory, a spokeswoman with the California Department of Justice. A search of Simpson's home also turned up 6 more pounds of marijuana, smoking pipes and scales, authorities said. "We believe there's some sort of distribution or sales out of his home," Gregory said.

More Bengals: Running back Cedric Benson, who served five days in Texas jail to settle two misdemeanor assault cases, could face a three-game suspension for player-conduct violations during the lockout, but he will have his appeal heard first, reported. He is expected to play this week .

Romo healing: Quarterback Tony Romo (broken ribs, punctured lung) mostly watched practice, but teammates believe he could start against the Redskins. "I fully expect him to play," said Jon Kitna, the backup who would start.

Broncos: Former Gator Tim Tebow insists he will be a starting quarterback someday, but for now he will line up wherever the coaches let him. He was pressed into receiver duty last week because of injuries to others. "Well, I want to be a quarterback. I believe I can be; I believe I will be," he said. " … But if I can help the team in another way, that's what I'm here for."

Chargers: The league fined defensive tackle Antonio Garay $15,000 for hitting Patriots quarterback Tom Brady below the knee, reported.

Falcons: Quarterback Matt Ryan (left knee) was limited for the second straight day at practice, and backup Chris Redman took snaps with the starters.

49ers: Quarterback Alex Smith said he has no lingering effects from a concussion and expects to start Sunday.

Giants: Defensive coordinator Perry Fewell would neither deny nor confirm that he has instructed his players to fake injuries to slow down an opposing offense. The Rams accused the Giants of feigning injuries Monday. "I can't say I've ever done that, and I can't say that I haven't done that," he said. The league warned teams could face fines, suspensions and loss of draft picks if the league determines players faked injuries.

Seahawks: Defensive end Raheem Brock tweeted that he was fined $15,000 for a low hit on Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, but he has filed an appeal.

Vikings: Receiver Percy Harvin missed practice because he was ill, likely a stomach virus, not a migraine. The former Gator, who has battled migraines since he was 10, is expected back today.

Retiring: Former Pro Bowl tackle Jon Stinchcomb, released by the Saints during camp, said he is retiring at age 31.

Vick cleared, returns to practice 09/22/11 [Last modified: Friday, September 23, 2011 12:12am]
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