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NFL notes: Eagles’ Nick Foles heads back into action

Eagles quarterback Nick Foles was cleared after passing his concussion test.

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Eagles quarterback Nick Foles was cleared after passing his concussion test.

Quarterback Nick Foles returned to practice Tuesday for the first time since sustaining a concussion in the Eagles’ 17-3 loss to Dallas on Oct. 20.

With Michael Vick sidelined by a hamstring injury, Foles will likely start for the Eagles (3-5) at Oakland (3-4) this week unless he has a setback in his recovery.

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‘‘I cleared everything and I feel good,’’ Foles said. ‘‘I felt good out there today. It was a long week last week, but the most important thing was getting healthy.’’

Foles had to pass the ImPACT concussion test and receive clearance from an independent neurologist before returning to the field.

Cutler healing fast

The Bears aren’t ruling out an early return for quarterback Jay Cutler from a torn groin muscle that was expected to sideline him for at least four weeks. Cutler hopes to be back sooner than that. ‘‘That’s the goal,’’ he said. Coach Marc Trestman did not declare Cutler out for Monday’s game at Green Bay but said it’s ‘‘highly unlikely’’ he would play. Assuming Cutler sits out, Josh McCown will start.

Bengals lose Hall

The Bengals put cornerback Leon Hall on injured reserve, more than a week after he injured his right Achilles’ tendon. Hall tore his other Achilles’ tendon in 2011, but returned last season as the Bengals’ top cornerback. Middle linebacker Rey Maualuga was on crutches Tuesday with a knee injury and also has a concussion as the Bengals (6-2) prepare for a game Thursday at Miami (3-4). The Bengals also waived defensive end DeQuin Evans a day after he returned from an eight-game suspension for his second violation of the NFL’s policy on performance-enhancing substances . . . Dolphins receiver Brandon Gibson was placed on injured reserve with a left knee injury. Gibson, who was hurt in the first half of Sunday’s loss at New England, signed a $9.78 million, three-year contract last offseason.

Seahawks suffering

The visiting Seahawks stopped the Rams at the 1 on the final play to win, 14-9, on Monday night, despite gaining just 135 yards and allowing seven sacks of Russell Wilson. The Seahawks got bad news with the team confirming wide receiver Sidney Rice will miss the rest of the season after suffering an ACL tear in his knee . . . Cowboys guard Brian Waters, 36, is likely out for the season after suffering triceps, knee, and rib injuries in Sunday’s loss to Detroit. Bentley product Mackenzy Bernadeau will return as the starting guard. Earlier, the Cowboys signed Everette Brown, who was out of football last season, and released Jason Vega in a swap of defensive ends. The release of Vega, a Northeastern product out of Brockton, Mass., who was with the Patriots this summer, came less than two weeks after he was signed off the practice squad. The Cowboys also released running back Davin Meggett from their practice squad. It’s likely that starting running back DeMarco Murray will return Sunday after missing two games.

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