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Michael Vick joins Eagles roster

The quarterback can practice with the team starting Wednesday, though he won't be able to play Sunday against New Orleans. He is eligible to play Sept. 27 against Kansas City.

September 16, 2009|Associated Press

The Philadelphia Eagles elevated Michael Vick to the team's 53-man roster Tuesday, a move that allows the quarterback to practice with the team.

Wide receiver Hank Baskett was released to make room for Vick, who is eligible to play Sept. 27 against the Kansas City Chiefs. Vick will begin practicing with the team today, though he cannot play in Sunday's home opener against the New Orleans Saints. Vick was suspended for the first two regular-season games as the final league penalty for his role in running a dogfighting ring.

Favre investigation

Browns Coach Eric Mangini can't seem to escape from New York. The NFL is investigating Mangini's role in the Jets' failure to list quarterback Brett Favre's arm problem on injury reports last season. Mangini coached the Jets during Favre's one season in New York before he was fired after the team collapsed down the stretch.

Jets General Manager Mike Tannenbaum has admitted the club should have listed Favre, who had a torn biceps tendon, as "probable" on the injury report for the last four or five games. Favre said the Jets knew of the injury, which required off-season surgery.

Andrews' injury

Shawn Andrews has been put on injured reserve, ending the two-time Pro Bowl lineman's season.

The Philadelphia Eagles made the move Tuesday after Andrews missed the entire exhibition season and season opener because of a back injury. Andrews briefly returned to practice, but his surgically repaired back flared up again. Quarterback Jeff Garcia took Andrews' spot on the roster.

Suspensions delayed

The NFL has decided against enforcing four-game suspensions of Charles Grant and Will Smith at this time, opening the way for the New Orleans Saints' starting defensive ends to play this week and possibly the whole 2009 season.

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said it would be unfair to suspend the two Saints players now for testing positive for the banned diuretic bumetanide, when the league has been blocked from suspending two Vikings players for the same offense while their case is pending in Minnesota state court.

Home vandalized

A Hamburg, N.Y., home belonging to Buffalo Bills cornerback Leodis McKelvin was vandalized after Buffalo's season-opening loss to New England. An obscenity and the score of Monday night's game -- a 25-24 loss to the Patriots -- were painted in white on the player's lawn.

McKelvin fumbled a kickoff return with under two minutes to play and the Bills leading, 24-19. Three plays later, New England's Tom Brady hit Benjamin Watson for the go-ahead touchdown.

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