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Vick, Cutler to sit with concussions

Published Nov. 17, 2012

Eagles quarterback Michael Vick and Bears quarterback Jay Cutler will not play this week because of concussions sustained Sunday.

Rookie Nick Foles, who replaced Vick during the 38-23 loss to Dallas and practiced with the first team all week, makes his first start Sunday against the Redskins. Coach Andy Reid made the announcement Friday, confirming a decision that had been in the works since Monday.

It was only because Vick had not completed the league-mandated concussion testing earlier this week that Reid did not officially rule him out until Friday. "He has too many symptoms for us to even exercise him," head trainer Rick Burkholder said.

Cutler will miss Monday's game at San Francisco, leaving Jason Campbell to start.

Ditka stroke: Hall of Famer Mike Ditka was resting comfortably at a Chicago hospital after suffering a minor stroke. The former tight end and coach, 73, will not make his regular appearance on Sunday's ESPN pregame show. "I feel good right now, and it's not a big deal," he told the Chicago Tribune.

49ers coach back: San Francisco coach Jim Harbaugh returned to work a day after having a minor procedure for an irregular heartbeat. "I'm fine," the 48-year-old said. "No limits. Going about everything as normal. Atrial flutter is something I've had for a while; most of my life."

Fines: Jaguars defensive tackle Terrance Knighton was fined $25,000 for a hit on Colts QB Andrew Luck. Chiefs linebacker Tamba Hali and Patriots linebacker Brandon Spikes were also fined $25,000 for hits.

Ref fined: Referee Tony Corrente was fined one game check by the league for uttering obscenities while leaving his microphone on during the Colts-Dolphins game on Nov. 4.

Browns: Starting corner Joe Haden missed his second straight practice with an oblique injury. The former Gator will be a game-time decision.

Colts: Corner Teddy Williams, who didn't play college ball, was promoted from the practice squad. He ran track at Texas-San Antonio and had a 9.9-second 100 meters. He spent last season on the Cowboys' practice squad.

Dolphins: Starting linebacker Karlos Dansby said he has been playing with a torn biceps sustained Oct. 28 against the Jets and a dislocated finger that pops out "every other play."

Jaguars: Running back Maurice Jones-Drew, who has missed three games with a sprained left foot, said he believes he will return this season: "Hopefully … in a couple of weeks."

Jets: Punt returner and receiver Jeremy Kerley, who has team highs of 35 catches and 535 yards, did not practice because of a sore heel and hamstring but is expected to play Sunday.

Patriots: Tight end Aaron Hernandez will miss his third game with an ankle injury, reported.

Raiders: Safety Tyvon Branch, who has started 57 consecutive games, practiced for the first time this week but is questionable with a neck injury.

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Redskins: Receiver Pierre Garcon, out four games with a torn toe ligament, and safety Brandon Meriweather, out all season with sprained knee ligaments, are expected to play Sunday.

Steelers: Running back Rashard Mendenhall, out four games with an Achilles injury, is probable for Sunday. He had not been through a full practice in more than a month before doing so Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.

Concussions: Documents uncovered by ESPN and PBS show the league's retirement board paid at least $2 million in disability benefits to players for concussion-related injuries. The league, which is being sued by about 4,000 ex-players, maintains it knew of no substantive link between playing football and long-term brain damage. Among those getting payments was ex-Steelers center Mike Webster, who was diagnosed with brain damage in 1999. The league said the board is independent from it and the players union.


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