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Vick starting for first time since '06

PHILADELPHIA — Michael Vick always has appreciated the chance the Eagles gave him to return. Now, he's getting an opportunity to return the favor.

Vick will start at quarterback Sunday against Detroit, the first time he has been under center to begin a game since his time with Atlanta — long before the world learned of his dogfighting issues that eventually landed him in prison.

On Friday, Eagles coach Andy Reid ruled quarterback Kevin Kolb out with a concussion. Middle linebacker Stewart Bradley (concussion) is also out.

Vick last started in the 2006 season finale for the Falcons against, coincidentally, the Eagles.

"It would be gratifying," Vick said of a possible victory. "This team took a chance on me when not many others would."

Also, the Lions have sold enough tickets to avoid a local television blackout for their home opener.

Ravens LB likely out for year, career in doubt

Ravens linebacker Sergio Kindle's rookie season is likely over, and his career is in question.

Kindle fractured his skull before training camp in July when he fell down two flights of stairs. The former Texas star had a series of neurological exams from doctors in Baltimore.

"He's got some serious issues that he's dealing with," coach John Harbaugh said. "The chances of him playing this year are slim. We're going to be very, very careful."

Kindle said it's just a matter of time: "I don't know when, but I'm going to make it back."

MEDIA INVESTIGATION: The league chastised the Jets for unprofessional conduct but found no evidence that a female TV reporter was "bumped, touched, brushed against or otherwise subjected to any physical contact" by any member of the team or coaching staff. Commissioner Roger Goodell said while the "conduct of the Jets clearly should have been better" team owner Woody Johnson and his staff acted promptly to correct the situation that arose last weekend when TV Azteca reporter Ines Sainz said she felt uncomfortable in the locker room. Goodell said the league will implement — and the Jets will fund — a training program for all teams on proper conduct.

LABOR: Carl Francis, a spokesman for the NFL Players Association, said players from the Colts, Cowboys, Saints and Eagles all voted unanimously to decertify the union. Decertification would strip the union of its collective bargaining rights on behalf of the players but would also allow players to sue the NFL in the event of a lockout, giving them potential leverage in their dispute with the owners.

FINES: Cardinals defensive tackle Darnell Dockett was fined $5,000 for posting to his Twitter account 20 minutes before Sunday's game; league rules prohibit the use of social media less than 90 minutes before kickoff. The league docked several others, all for unnecessary roughness penalties, including Vikings offensive tackle Phil Loadholt ($10,000 for two penalties) and Titans linebacker Stephen Tulloch ($7,500). Houston's Arian Foster and Glover Quin, New England's Patrick Chung, Denver's Ryan McBean, Carolina's Sherrod Martin and Dallas' Jay Ratliff each were fined $5,000.

BILLS: Linebacker Reggie Torbor will debut Sunday after missing the opener with a chest injury.

BROWNS: Jake Delhomme (ankle) did not practice for the third straight day, increasing the likelihood that Seneca Wallace will start Sunday's home opener.

CARDINALS: Running back Beanie Wells (bruised right knee) will be a game-time decision, coach Ken Whisenhunt said.

GIANTS: Defensive end Osi Umenyiora (right knee) missed the majority of practice for the second time in three days.

JAGUARS: Quarterback David Garrard returned to practice one day after sitting out with a strained back.

JETS: Cornerback Darrelle Revis is expected to play Sunday despite tightness in his left hamstring.

REDSKINS: Defensive lineman Albert Haynesworth (sprained ankle) was limited in practice and is questionable.

SEAHAWKS: Much like the Aqib Talib case with the Bucs, the league is reviewing Leroy Hill's decision to attend Sunday's game in Seattle while he was suspended. Hill and coach Pete Carroll acknowledged the linebacker was in violation.

STEELERS: Left tackle Max Starks (ankle) and nose tackle Casey Hampton (hamstring) are out for Sunday's game at Tennessee. Both missed practice for a third straight day.

VIKINGS: Receiver Percy Harvin returned to practice and laughed at the suggestion that he might miss Sunday's game. The former Florida star was limited in practice and listed as questionable.

Vick starting for first time since '06 09/17/10 [Last modified: Friday, September 17, 2010 11:45pm]

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