Philadelphia Eagles' backup for Michael Vick is still uncertain

Philadelphia QB Michael Vick, who hurt his ribs in an Aug. 20 preseason game against New England, is expected to be the starter for the team's Sept. 9 opener.

Michael Vick will take his next snap in the season opener for the Philadelphia Eagles. Who replaces him if he gets hurt again remains a question.


Vick is back at practice after leaving last Monday’s game with injured ribs. He didn’t play in Friday’s game at Cleveland, but returned to the field Sunday night for Philadelphia’s annual practice party at Lincoln Financial Field.

“I think he’s real close to 100 percent,” offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg said.

Vick has taken just 12 snaps in two preseason games and isn’t expected to play against the New York Jets in the preseason finaletonight.

The Eagles visit Cleveland in Week 1 on Sept. 9.

The more important thought in the coordinator’s mind right now revolves around the backup quarterbacks. Philadelphia has Mike Kafka, Trent Edwards and Nick Foles in the fold right now.

JAGUARS: General manager Gene Smith told the Florida Times-Union on Wednesday that he has no intentions of trading holdout running back Maurice Jones-Drew.

“Maurice is a Jaguar,” Smith told the newspaper before the team’s annual Kickoff Luncheon.

Asked whether he’d consider dealing the 2011 NFL rushing leader, Smith said, “No.”

Jones-Drew entered Day 35 of his holdout Wednesday. He wants a new deal after leading the league with 1,606 yards rushing last season. He has two years remaining on a five-year, front-loaded contract worth $31 million. He is scheduled to make $4.45 million this season and $4.95 million in 2013.

JETS: It’ll be Tebow Time for the Jets if Mark Sanchez goes down with an injury.

Coach Rex Ryan said that Tim Tebow would be the starting quarterback this season if Sanchez was sidelined for any significant amount of time instead of turning to a more conventional-style signal caller such as third-stringer Greg McElroy – which some fans and media have speculated might be the case.

“I think Tebow would expand his role,” Ryan said. “We feel good about what Tim can do.”

49ERS: Have signed defensive tackle Matthew Masifilo to a two-year contract.

The team also announced Wednesday that they waived center Chase Beeler.

Masifilo originally signed with San Francisco as an undrafted free agent out of Stanford in May. He was released on Monday, but brought back two days later.

BRONCOS: Rookie Brock Osweiler gets one more shot at winning the job as Peyton Manning’s backup, and he’s going to get that opportunity in familiar surroundings.

The 6-foot-8 quarterback who left Arizona State after his junior season will split snaps with Caleb Hanie and perhaps Adam Weber when Denver visits Arizona tonight.

LT’S NEW JOB: Recently retired running back LaDainian Tomlinson is moving quickly into his second career.

NFL Network and SiriusXM Radio announced Wednesday that the 2006 NFL MVP was joining the outlets as a broadcaster.

Tomlinson will appear on NFL Network’s new Sunday morning show, First on the Field.

He’ll also host weekly shows on NFL news and fantasy football for SiriusXM.



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