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Michael Vick is set to make Eagles debut

The three-time Pro Bowl quarterback hasn't played in an NFL game since Dec. 31, 2006, with the Atlanta Falcons,

August 26, 2009|Associated Press

Michael Vick will make his Eagles debut in an exhibition game in Philadelphia on Thursday night. The three-time Pro Bowl quarterback hasn't played in an NFL game since Dec. 31, 2006, with the Atlanta Falcons -- against the Eagles on the same field.

"I can only go off what I've seen in practice and it looks like he's moving around pretty good," Coach Andy Reid said. "Realistically, it's been two years. We'll see how it works out. We'll give him a couple shots in there and see what he can do."

Vick was released from federal custody July 20 after serving 18 months of a 23-month sentence for his role in running a dogfighting operation. He signed a one-year, $1.6-million contract with the Eagles, who hold a $5.2-million option for a second season.

Vick is due to appear at a bankruptcy court hearing in Newport News, Va., on Thursday morning and will fly to Philadelphia for the game against the Jacksonville Jaguars. Reid wouldn't say how much Vick will play.

Roethlisberger gets back to work

Pittsburgh quarterback Ben Roethlisberger practiced for the first time since injuring his right foot during the team's final training camp practice.

Coach Mike Tomlin said Roethlisberger will play in Saturday night's exhibition game against Buffalo.

Avery makes quick recovery

St. Louis Rams wide receiver Donnie Avery had been expected to be out for at least the first two weeks of the season because of a left foot stress fracture, but was back on the practice field.

Avery was injured during an Aug. 7 scrimmage when a defensive back landed on his foot.

Avery said he may not play in the exhibition finale Sept. 3 against Kansas City, but he will be ready for the regular-season opener Sept. 13 at Seattle.

Marshall plan remains unclear

Brandon Marshall may be back in the mix offensively at practice, but it remains unclear whether Denver's disgruntled receiver will make his exhibition debut Sunday against Chicago.

Coach Josh McDaniels said Marshall was fully involved in practice, which was closed to the media.

Burress talks

Plaxico Burress said in an ESPN interview broadcast Tuesday that he plans to return to the NFL after serving a two-year prison sentence on a weapons charge.

Burress, 32, pleaded guilty last week to attempted criminal possession of a weapon stemming from an accidental shooting in November and accepted a two-year prison term. He is to be sentenced Sept. 22.

James is a Seahawk

Edgerrin James, the league's leading active rusher, signed a one-year contract with the Seattle Seahawks, who waived fellow veteran running back T.J. Duckett to clear roster space.

The deal is believed to be worth about $2 million, though James' agent, Drew Rosenhaus, did not immediately comment on financial terms.

The 31-year-old James is 11th on the NFL rushing list with 12,121 yards but was benched for the first time in his career last season by Arizona. He is expected to practice for the first time with his third NFL team today.

Hall finalists

Former Denver Broncos running back Floyd Little and Pittsburgh Steelers defensive coordinator Dick LeBeau are finalists for the Hall of Fame.

The Hall of Fame's seniors committee chose Little, 67, who gained more than 12,000 total yards in the NFL, and LeBeau, 71, a star defensive back before becoming a coach.

They will join 15 modern-era candidates on the complete list of finalists for the 2010 class, which will be voted on Feb. 6 at the Super Bowl in Miami.

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