With Vick uncertain again, Young may start

PHILADELPHIA — Michael Vick sat out practice again Thursday, another sign that Vince Young will get his second start in a row at quarterback when the Eagles host the Patriots.

The Eagles' top two wide receivers switched places as far as their practice participation was concerned. DeSean Jackson was back at practice after missing Wednesday with a foot bruise, but was limited. Jeremy Maclin sat out Thursday's session a day after he was a partial practice participant. Maclin revealed Wednesday that his shoulder injury was a Grade 2 separation. He also has a hamstring strain.

Vick told reporters after Thursday's practice that he was "good" and that his two broken ribs were "getting better." He's going to need to make a quick recovery if he's to have any chance at being under center on Sunday.

Eagles offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg said before practice that Vick did some light throwing on Wednesday. He was scheduled to throw some on Thursday, too.

"He's all right," Mornhinweg said. "He's day to day."

Young has taken a low-key approach as Vick's backup, deflecting attention from himself whenever asked about the opportunity that starting has afforded him. His performance in Sunday's 17-10 win over the Giants might not make it imperative for the Eagles to rush a less-than-100-percent Vick back into the lineup.

"He's really sharp," Mornhinweg said of Young. "He's worked his tail off for several months since he's been here and certainly last week."

Young was without Maclin last week, but the quarterback may also be down another starting wideout. If Jackson is out, Steve Smith takes his place. If Maclin can't go again, Riley Cooper will get his second straight start.

Asomugha carted off

Eagles Pro-Bowl cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha was forced to leave practice Thursday with a left knee injury, NFL.com reported.

Comcast SportsNet Philadelphia reported Asomugha was experiencing pain in the knee but had suffered no structural damage.

The team said it would update the status of the star defender's injury Friday.

"It's a short-lived career, and to see a guy go down, you just hope it's not as severe as what you saw initially," Eagles cornerback Brandon Hughes told NFL.com. "That's what we're hoping."

Asomugha signed a five-year, $60 million contract with the Eagles in the off season.

Dubbed a "dream team" for their numerous high-profile off-season acquisitions this year, the Eagles are fighting to remain in playoff contention with a 4-6 record.

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