Eagles' Vick sidelined by hamstring injury

Philadelphia Eagles' Michael Vick (7) sits on the bench during the first half of an NFL football game against the New York Giants on Sunday, Oct. 27, 2013, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Michael Perez)

Michael Vick plopped himself on the bench, a towel on his head.


He was about as mobile watching from the sideline as he was under center, his hamstring acting up again.

“I’ve never had a hamstring injury this bad,” he said.

Vick’s first pulled hamstring against the Giants cost him two weeks. This time, he lost most of the game.

Wearing the same forlorn expression as 65,000 Philadelphia Eagles fans, all a helpless Vick could do was watch as the Eagles fell 15-7 to New York.

Vick, the NFL’s career QB rushing leader, tested the hamstring last week in practice and insisted he was ready to play. Coach Chip Kelly gave Vick the bulk of the first-team snaps instead of Matt Barkley, perhaps a mistake with no guarantees Vick could stay healthy.

From the start, Vick never had it going.

He threw an interception on Philadelphia’s first drive of the game, fumbled on the second, then came up lame on a sideline run.


REDSKINS: Head coach Mike Shanahan received a hero’s welcome Sunday in his first game in Denver since his firing by the Broncos five years ago.

More than 75,000 Broncos fans got to their feet before kickoff to salute the man who brought the city its two Super Bowl wins in his 14 seasons as head coach.

The Broncos showed a 32-second tribute to Shanahan on their giant video screen in the south end zone before kickoff. Shanahan waved to the crowd afterward.

More than an hour before kickoff, Shanahan shared a private moment on the field with his former quarterback John Elway, now the Broncos’ executive vice president, with whom he won two rings in the late 1990s.


BENGALS: Middle linebacker Rey Maualuga hurt his left knee and was taken off the field on a cart during the second quarter against the New York Jets.

JAGUARS: Offensive lineman Will Rackley left Sunday’s game against the San Francisco 49ers with a head injury.

He was hit in the head late in the second quarter.