Michael Vick and Nick Foles soon could be in the middle of another quarterback controversy.
Vick is day to day because of a hamstring injury that forced him out of Philadelphia’s 36-21 win at the New York Giants on Sunday, and coach Chip Kelly said Foles could win the starting job based on his performance. Foles threw for 197 yards and two touchdowns against the Giants in slightly over a half.
“There’s always open competition,” Kelly said Monday. “So if Nick goes out there and throws 100 for 100 and throws 27 touchdown passes, then, yeah (he’s the No. 1).”
Vick was injured running out of bounds on a scramble. An MRI exam on his left hamstring revealed a pull. Kelly denied reports that Vick already has been ruled out for next Sunday’s game at Tampa Bay (0-4).
“I don’t know if he’ll play,” Kelly said. “... The Mike I know, he’ll work extremely hard at the rehab part of it, and we’ll see how he goes as the week goes along.”
49ERS: Coach Jim Harbaugh expects top 2012 wide receiver Michael Crabtree to return to game action in mid- to late November after recovering in quick fashion from a torn right Achilles tendon that required surgery.
The 26-year-old Crabtree had career highs last season with 85 receptions for 1,105 yards and nine touchdowns for the NFC champion Niners. He sustained the injury during 7-on-7 drills in an organized team activity May 21.
JAGUARS: Coach Gus Bradley said he expects quarterback Blaine Gabbert to miss Sunday’s game at Denver because of a strained hamstring. The injury knocked Gabbert out of Sunday’s 34-20 loss at St. Louis.
PINK FLAGS: The NFL won’t use the pink penalty flags beyond Monday night’s Jets-Falcons game.
Coupled with the players’ pink equipment, especially their gloves and towels, the flags caused confusion among broadcasters, fans, players and coaches Sunday. The pink flags were part of the NFL’s “A Crucial Catch” campaign to raise breast cancer awareness.
RAIDERS: Released quarterback Matt Flynn on Monday, just six months after bringing him in to be the starter.
Oakland acquired Flynn in April from Seattle. The Raiders also reworked Flynn’s contract to give him $6.5 million in guaranteed money this season.
BEARS: Defensive tackle Nate Collins will miss the rest of the season because of a knee injury.