Eagles quarterback Michael Vick missed his third consecutive day of practice because of broken ribs, but coach Andy Reid did not rule him out of tomorrow’s road game against the Giants.
Vick broke two ribs during the Eagles’ 21-17 loss to the Cardinals Sunday and has not practiced since. Vick would not have played if the game had been yesterday, Reid said.
“He’s feeling a little bit better,’’ Reid said. “I’m not going to tell you he’s feeling great, but he’s feeling a little bit better.’’
Vince Young again ran practice, while Reid said Vick has never played without practicing at least one day since the Eagles signed him in 2009. Vick has attended all the offensive meetings, but hasn’t thrown a football all week.
Reid said he plans to decide on a starter by today.
As for the Eagles’ opponent, the injury bug that has afflicted the Giants’ defense since training camp will force yet another adjustment. Linebacker Michael Boley is doubtful with a hamstring strain. Boley’s spot would be manned by a rookie, either Boston College product Mark Herzlich, Spencer Paysinger, or Jacquian Williams.
Jets’ stunned by loss
Rex Ryan still couldn’t believe it, stunned even 12 hours after his Jets left Denver with a devastating 17-13 loss.
“It was obviously a huge, huge loss for us,’’ Ryan said.
After the Jets (5-5) allowed quarterback Tim Tebow to cap a 95-yard drive with a 20-yard touchdown run in the final minute Thursday, Ryan knew exactly what went wrong: pretty much everything.
“Obviously, we had some breakdowns in protections,’’ Ryan said. “We had a turnover for a touchdown, we fumbled another special teams play on a kick return after we had a huge return, and then obviously, the 95-yard drive, which is, it’s still hard to really fathom. I mean, it really is.’’
At this time last week, the Jets were riding a three-game winning streak and looking to establish themselves as one of the premier teams in the AFC. Losses to the Patriots and Denver in five days have New York instead suddenly in the middle of a muddled postseason picture.
“Our playoffs start right now, there’s no question,’’ Ryan said. “We have to beat Buffalo [Nov. 27]. I don’t see any breathing room. We’ve already used that up.’’
The Jets couldn’t put away a Broncos team that was outplayed for the first 55 minutes. Then came Tebow’s latest comeback, one that could have been quashed on the first play.
Tebow threw an ill-advised pass to Eddie Royal in Denver’s end zone, and Jets safety Jim Leonhard got him - and then lost him as Royal broke free for an 8-yard gain.
New York still had a chance to make a huge play to squeeze out a win. But on third-and-4 from the Jets’ 20, Tebow spotted New York dialing up its first all-out blitz. So he took the snap, got past safety Eric Smith, cut back, and rumbled into the end zone.
“Hindsight behind 20-20, obviously, we would’ve done something, anything but that,’’ Ryan said of the decision to blitz. “I even told the defense before [the play], ‘This kid is not going to take the ball out of his hand.’ “He ended up just making a great play. None of us saw it coming.’’
Hot heads prove costly
Four Lions, including quarterback Matthew Stafford, and two Bears were fined by the NFL for incidents in their game last Sunday. Stafford instigated a scuffle when he grabbed the helmet of Bears defensive back D. J. Moore and threw him to the ground. Stafford was fined $7,500, while Moore was hit for $15,000 for striking back at Stafford and being ejected. Also docked $15,000 was Lions rookie defensive tackle Nick Fairley for driving Bears quarterback Jay Cutler into the ground. Detroit defensive end Kyle Vanden Bosch was docked $7,500 for unnecessary roughness as he threw running back Matt Forte to the ground late, and Detroit guard Rob Sims also was hit for $7,500 for a late tackle. Meanwhile, Chicago receiver Earl Bennett was fined $10,000 - for wearing orange shoes, his second uniform violation. The week’s biggest fine went to Seahawks Kam Chancellor, who was charged $20,000 for his hit on Ravens receiver Anquan Boldin.
Streak in jeopardy
The Ravens’ Ray Lewis, the 37-year-old middle linebacker who has started 57 consecutive games, isn’t expected to play tomorrow against the Bengals because of a toe injury that has prevented him from practicing all week. “The injury is not any kind of serious, serious thing,’’ coach John Harbaugh said. “I think I saw a report that it was career-threatening this morning. No, it’s not. Ray may not go, he may go. The Bengals will have to prepare for him either way, so it really don’t matter.’’ . . . Raiders defensive tackle Richard Seymour missed his second straight practice with a knee injury, leaving him questionable for tomorrow’s game in Minnesota. Two other starters on defense, which is ranked 25th against the run, are also questionable, safety Michael Huff (ankle) and rookie cornerback DeMarcus Van Dyke (hamstring). It isn’t much better on offense as Oakland will be without running back Darren McFadden and wide receiver Jacoby Ford, who are both sidelined with foot injuries . . . First-round draft pick Gabe Carimi has become the second Bears lineman placed on injured reserve in a week. Carimi, the starting right tackle, has been out since the second game of the season with a dislocated right knee. The Bears put left guard Chris Williams on IR earlier this week with a dislocated left wrist . . . Titans defensive end Dave Ball says he considered retirement after his latest concussion two weeks ago. Ball returned to practice yesterday, but won’t play tomorrow because of his third concussion the past two seasons.