Vick questionable against Pats

PHILADELPHIA — Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Michael Vick threw for a second straight day, did not take part in any practice drills Friday and is listed as questionable for Sunday's game with the New England Patriots.

Vick, who has two broken ribs, is one of four Eagles players and one of three key starters who could miss the matchup with the AFC East front-runners at Lincoln Financial Field. The Eagles (4-6) are in must-win mode to stay in contention for a playoff spot.

Wide receiver Jeremy Maclin (hamstring), cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha (knee) and backup offensive lineman King Dunlap (concussion) could also miss Sunday's game.

Dunlap, the team's top backup lineman, has already been ruled out. Maclin, the team's leading receiver, is doubtful, while Vick and Asomugha are questionable, meaning a 50 percent chance of playing.

All four players sat out of practice Friday, but there was some good news for the Eagles. Wide receiver DeSean Jackson (foot) and cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie (ankle) returned to practice and are expected to play.

"(Vick) did throw the last couple of days and actually felt better so we'll just see how things go," Eagles coach Andy Reid said. "Vince (Young) is taking all the reps."

Young, who signed a one-year, $4 million deal this summer to be Vick's backup, started in last week's 17-10 win over the New York Giants and engineered an 18-play, 80-yard touchdown drive in the fourth quarter to keep the Eagles' slight playoff hopes alive.

"You're never sure how things are going to come out as a guy's juices get going," Reid said of Young's first start as an Eagle. "How he manages the game. How is he, when things are moving fast, going to execute the offense, because it's a new offense for him? I thought he handled himself very well. He had everyone lined up in the right place and the checks he had to make were accurate."

"We've got to be smart with it," Reid added of how to handle Vick. "He wears you out with wanting to play and that's a good thing. He's very competitive. But we've just got to be smart with it. I've got to listen to the experts, obviously. ''

Asomugha suffered a hyper-extended left knee in practice Thursday and left the field on a cart. The injury does not appear as bad as first thought, although making it back by Sunday may be a stretch.

"It didn't look real good," Reid said. "I saw it on the field and then I had to look at it on film. It didn't look good either way. He was really optimistic from the time he went to get the MRI until he got back. After I saw the film, I wasn't quite as optimistic as he was, but it was good news."

If Asomugha, the high-priced free agent acquisition this past offseason, can't play, Rodgers-Cromartie, who missed last week's game with the ankle injury, will likely start opposite Asante Samuel and Joselio Hanson will be the nickel back.

Should Rodgers-Cromartie also not be able to play, Hanson would start and Brandon Hughes would be the nickel. "He's a good player," Reid said of Asomugha. "But we make sure that in any situation we have another plan that we work in there. So that's what we worked on from the time he was hurt and through today."


Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson is doubtful for Sunday's game at Atlanta because of a high ankle sprain.

Peterson hasn't practiced all week after hurting his left ankle last week against Oakland. He was carted off the sideline Sunday and X-rays were negative. An MRI on Monday showed a Grade-1 high ankle sprain, the least severe of the three categories, and he had been in a walking boot for three days this week.

Peterson is sixth in the NFL in rushing with 872 yards. He's tied with Philadelphia's LeSean McCoy with a league-leading 12 touchdowns.

Peterson was out of his walking boot on Thursday and did some pool work. He tested the ankle again Friday but couldn't practice. He walked out to watch individual group drills at the Vikings' facilities before walking off the field with head trainer Eric Sugarman.

At 2-8, Minnesota has little incentive to rush its franchise back to return. Peterson signed a seven-year, $100 million contract extension during the preseason.

Toby Gerhart, the 2009 Heisman Trophy runner-up in his senior season at Stanford, would start in Peterson's absence.


Jahvid Best's season is over, leaving the Detroit Lions to try to piece together an effective running game without their leading rusher.

Best has been bothered by concussion problems and hasn't played since Oct. 16, when the Lions lost to San Francisco. After starting 5-0, Detroit has lost four of six, beginning with that game against the 49ers.

Best also missed time during this preseason because of a concussion, and when he was a college player at California, he missed a few games after a fall knocked him out and sent him to the hospital with a concussion and sore back.

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