PHILADELPHIA — Eagles coach Chip Kelly won't admit it, but it appears Michael Vick will start at quarterback Sunday against the Giants.
Vick practiced successfully for a third straight day Thursday and today is set for his toughest physical challenge of the week, testing his hamstring for the first time since injuring it Oct. 6 against the Giants.
"Got to get out here and run," Vick said. "(It's) not a walkthrough day for me. I'm going to run 100 yards as fast as I can and try to cut; try to make some subtle movement in the pocket and just see what happens."
Nick Foles started in Vick's absence, but he sustained a concussion Sunday, when he threw for just 80 yards on 11-for-29 passing in a 17-3 loss to Dallas. He hasn't practiced this week and must pass league-mandated tests before doing so.
Rookie Matt Barkley, who threw three interceptions in the fourth quarter Sunday, is the other quarterback.
ACLU wants Vikings to ban 'Redskins'
ST. PAUL, Minn. — The American Civil Liberties Union of Minnesota requested operators of the Metrodome refrain from using the name and imagery related to the Redskins for the Vikings game against them on Nov. 7 on the NFL Network.
ACLU executive director Chuck Samuelson called the Redskins name offensive and hurtful to Native Americans.
Michele Kelm-Helgen, chief of the Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority, said the agency is meeting with people raising concerns and consulting attorneys but its power is limited during NFL events.
The Vikings deferred to the league, which didn't immediately return a message.
Freeman out: The Vikings said quarterback Josh Freeman will not dress Sunday, leaving Christian Ponder the starter and Matt Cassel the backup. The ex-Buc sustained a concussion Monday against the Giants. Coach Leslie Frazier did say he might practice on a limited basis today. Also, running back Adrian Peterson was limited at practice a day after sitting out because of a hamstring injury. He's expected to play Sunday.
Finley heads home: Packers tight end Jermichael Finley was released from a hospital four days after sustaining a spinal contusion on a hit against the Browns. There is no timetable for his return.
Broncos: Quarterback Peyton Manning practiced a day after sitting out with a sore ankle and will play Sunday.
Cowboys: Starting safety J.J. Wilcox injured a knee while going for a ball during practice. Results of an MRI exam were not available, and his status for Sunday is unknown. Also, running back DeMarco Murray practiced and is expected to play after sitting out last week with a sprained knee.
Giants: Defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul said he won't be 100 percent healthy until next season. The former USF star had offseason back surgery and missed all of the preseason. He has not missed a game this season but has only one sack. Said Pierre-Paul: "It's really going to take the whole offseason next year to get back to my old, old ways; the old JPP."
Jets: Receiver Santonio Holmes, who has missed three games with a hamstring injury, likely will be a game-time decision.
Patriots: Quarterback Tom Brady was listed as a limited participant at practice with a sore right (throwing) shoulder. But he's expected to play Sunday. Also, receiver Danny Amendola (concussion) and cornerback Aqib Talib (hip flexor) practiced for the second straight day. But their status for Sunday remains undetermined. And cornerback Logan Ryan was fined $10,000 for grabbing his crotch during an end zone dive on last week's 79-yard interception return.
London games: Cowboys-Jaguars, Lions-Falcons and Dolphins-Raiders will be played in England next season. The Jaguars, Falcons and Raiders will be the home teams. The dates have not been determined. It will be the second of Jacksonville's four games set for London.
TV: The league is considering selling a package of eight Thursday games by 2015, according to the Sports Business Journal. The games would come from those currently on the NFL Network. Interested networks, according to the report, include Turner (TBS or TNT), NBC Sports Network and Fox Sports 1.