Broken ribs to sideline Eagles' Vick against Giants

PHILADELPHIA — Michael Vick has to watch his teammates play from home.

Vick won't play when the Philadelphia Eagles visit the New York Giants today because of two broken ribs. He won't even be on the sideline because injured players typically don't make the trip.

Vince Young will make his first start for Philadelphia in Vick's place. He's thrown one pass this season — an interception.

Vick didn't practice this week because he broke his two lower ribs on the second play in a 21-17 loss to Arizona last Sunday. He got up slowly after taking a hard hit to the side, but didn't tell anyone the extent of the injury and played the rest of the game. He was off target most of the game and finished 16 of 34 for 128 yards and two interceptions.

Vick was listed as questionable on Friday's injury report, but was ruled out after Saturday's walkthrough. Wide receiver Jeremy Maclin also won't play because of shoulder and hamstring injuries.

The Eagles (3-6) desperately need a victory over the first-place Giants (6-3) to avoid being all-but-mathematically eliminated from playoff contention. The defending NFC East champions began this season with Super Bowl aspirations, but have failed to live up to those enormous expectations.

Vick's inconsistency is among the reasons the Eagles have underachieved. Vick has hardly resembled the guy who was an MVP candidate and Pro Bowl starter last season. He's already thrown 11 interceptions in nine games. He had six picks all of last season.

Young was 30-17 as a starter and went to two Pro Bowls in five seasons with the Tennessee Titans. He was one of several high-profile players Philadelphia signed after the lockout. So far, Young's only contribution was labeling the Eagles a "Dream Team" at his first news conference at training camp.

It's been a nightmare season instead.

Second-year pro Riley Cooper will likely start in Maclin's place. Cooper doesn't have any catches this season.


There is a chance a toe injury could sideline Baltimore linebacker Ray Lewis for today's game.

It's hard to imagine the Ravens playing without him, but they have done so 30 times in their history. And should a wonky toe sideline Lewis — he will be a game-time decision today — the Ravens will still run out of the tunnel for their critical game against the 6-3 Cincinnati Bengals.

"If he plays, that's going to be great for us," Ravens linebacker Terrell Suggs said Friday. "But if he doesn't, we're going to miss him. But I think we'll be fine."

Lewis was listed as questionable on Friday's injury report, which by the NFL's definition means there is a 50/50 chance he will play. Ravens coach John Harbaugh stressed to reporters that you can never rule Lewis out. But he is in danger of missing his first game in more than three years, a streak of 57 straight regular-season games that dates back to the 2008 season opener.

Given the way Lewis hands out hard hits with reckless abandon, his durability — especially in the twilight of his career — is pretty remarkable. While fending off questions of Lewis' availability on Friday, Harbaugh marveled about the tenacity and toughness of the future Hall of Famer, who the coach says has played with shredded hamstrings and banged out push-ups on the sidelines with a dislocated shoulder to convince the training staff to let him return to active duty.

But the player Sports Illustrated once hailed as "God's Linebacker" is mortal. He has twice been put on injured reserve in his career. A shoulder injury limited him to five games in 2002, and he played in six games in the 2005 season before undergoing season-ending surgery to repair a torn hamstring. In five other seasons, Lewis lost games to injury, though it was never more than two.

In those 30 games without Lewis, the Ravens are 14-16.

The last time Lewis watched from the sidelines in street clothes, Bart Scott and Nick Greisen were the inside linebackers as the Ravens closed the 2007 season with a 27-21 win over the Pittsburgh Steelers. If Lewis is inactive Sunday, Brendon Ayanbadejo, Jameel McClain and Dannell Ellerbe — three players who weren't selected in the NFL draft — will man the middle.

But like Harbaugh said, "Ray is Ray, you know? You can't count Ray out."

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