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Vick says '100 percent' go



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PHILADELPHIA — Saying his injured hand was healed well enough that he took snaps from center in practice, Eagles quarterback Michael Vick told reporters Wednesday that there was a "100 percent" chance he would play against the 49ers.

Vick was initially diagnosed with a broken, nonthrowing right hand, but tests revealed just a bruise.

"I just want to be there for my teammates and hold myself accountable for my responsibilities and what I have to do as a quarterback," he said. "So regardless of what I have to go through, I just want to be there."

Vick said he did everything at practice despite a little soreness.

Book: Payton abused drugs, was suicidal

LAKE FOREST, Ill. — According to a new book, Bears great Walter Payton abused painkillers in retirement and became suicidal.

In Sweetness: The Enigmatic Life of Walter Payton, author Jeff Pearlman says the Hall of Fame running back used a cocktail of Tylenol and Vicodin in retirement and kept tanks of nitrous oxide in his garage.

In a Sports Illustrated excerpt of the book, set to go on sale Tuesday, Payton's agent, Bud Holmes, is quoted as saying, "Walter would call me all the time saying he was about to kill himself, he was tired. He was angry. Nobody loved him. He wanted to be dead."

Payton spent all 13 seasons with the Bears and retired as the NFL's all-time leading rusher after the 1987 season. He died from a rare liver disease and bile duct cancer in 1999.

Colts lose two on defense: Linebacker Gary Brackett, Indianapolis' defensive signal-caller, and starting safety Melvin Bullitt are out for the rest of the season after going on injured reserve with shoulder injuries. The 0-3 Colts play the Bucs on Monday facing the prospect of their first four-game losing streak in 10 years.

Bengals: Running back Cedric Benson had his appeal hearing on his three-game suspension for an offseason arrest and is awaiting word from the league to find out if he can play Sunday against the Bills.

Browns: Rookie defensive tackle Phil Taylor was fined $7,500 by the league for a hit on Dolphins quarterback Chad Henne but he will appeal.

Chargers: Safety Bob Sanders went on injured reserve with a season-ending knee injury.

Giants: Defensive end Osi Umenyiora, who had arthroscopic knee surgery in August, practiced for the first time since the regular season began.

Jets: Center Nick Mangold (high ankle sprain) and corner­back Antonio Cromartie (bruised ribs) sat out practice and could be sidelined against the Ravens.

Ravens: Cornerback Domonique Foxworth, who has been struggling to come back from surgery on his right knee, was put on season-ending injured reserve.

Saints: Coach Sean Payton said receiver Marques Colston (broken collarbone) has been medically cleared to practice and will play against Jacksonville.

Titans: Defensive end Jason Jones said the league fined him $15,000 for his hit on Denver quarterback Kyle Orton, but he will appeal, hoping to reduce the penalty. … Receiver Kenny Britt (right knee) was put on injured reserve and Donnie Avery was signed to fill his roster spot.

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