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    Notes: Eagles never considered benching Michael Vick

    Michael Vick remains the Philadelphia Eagles quarterback, for next week and beyond.

    Coach Andy Reid said Thursday he never considered benching Vick, he just wanted to step back and evaluate the beleaguered veteran.

    Reid threw his full support behind Vick after practice and was ready to move forward with him under center for Monday’s game at New Orleans (2-5). Rookie Nick Foles remains the backup.


    ‘‘Michael was the quarterback, is the quarterback, and will continue to be the quarterback for the Philadelphia Eagles,’’ Reid said. ‘‘I can’t make it any more clear than that.’’

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    After Thursday’s practice, Reid said he thought Vick played one of his best games of the season in last week’s 30-17 loss to the Falcons.

    Cook satisfied with offensive role

    Titans tight end Jared Cook says he’s happy with his role in the Tennessee offense and only wants to win because winning is ‘‘huge.’’

    Cook spoke after practice and dodged questions about whether or not his agent asked for the tight end to be traded.

    He ranks second in the AFC for yards receiving by a tight end since the start of 2011 with 1,132 yards on 77 catches, and is averaging 14.7 yards per catch. But he has been on the field for 48 percent or fewer offensive snaps in half of Tennessee’s games this season.

    Tannehill takes first-team snaps


    Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill practiced with the first team and threw on the run. But for the second straight day he practiced wearing a brace and thigh-to-ankle sleeve on his left leg, and his availability for Sunday’s game at Indianapolis is uncertain.

    Tannehill left last Sunday’s 30-9 victory over the Jets in the first quarter with left knee and thigh injuries and was replaced by Matt Moore.

    Bentley lands on injured reserve

    The Lions put rookie cornerback Bill Bentley on injured reserve and signed cornerback Don Carey.

    Detroit coach Jim Schwartz said Bentley will have season-ending shoulder surgery.

    The Lions also acquired receiver Mike Thomas from Jacksonville — their opponent Sunday — for an undisclosed draft pick.

    Day trip to New York for Steelers


    Pittsburgh’s visit to New York to face the Giants will be a one-day trip, with the team leaving for New York Sunday morning and departing that evening.

    Teams must travel the day before a game, but the Steelers were allowed to alter their plans because the hotel they booked in Jersey City, N.J., was still without power Thursday afternoon.

    Seattle’s Baldwin back in action

    Seahawks receiver Doug Baldwin returned to full participation in practice, two weeks after suffering a high ankle sprain against the 49ers. Running back Marshawn Lynch (back) and guard John Moffitt (knee) also fully participated . . . Vikings wideout Percy Harvin missed practice because of a personal matter but should be back Friday and able to play Sunday.

    League, players aid in recovery

    Commissioner Roger Goodell and NFLPA executive director DeMaurice Smith announced the league and players’ union are combining to donate $1 million to the American Red Cross to help in the recovery efforts in the Northeast after Hurricane Sandy.