Eagles' Michael Vick says he'll be ready for season opener

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Michael Vick left Monday night's exhibition after this hit by New England's Jermaine Cunningham. Vick bruised  his ribs and will likely miss the rest of the preseason.  FILE/ASSOCIATED PRESS
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Michael Vick left Monday night's exhibition after this hit by New England's Jermaine Cunningham. Vick bruised his ribs and will likely miss the rest of the preseason.

With a swarm of reporters surrounding backup quarterback Nick Foles, Michael Vick saw an opening and took off.

Injured ribs didn’t affect Vick’s escapability in the locker room.

Still, the three-time Pro Bowl quarterback stopped to say he is “doing good, feeling better,” and there is no doubt he will be ready when the Philadelphia Eagles visit Cleveland in Week 1.

Vick didn’t practice Wednesday after bruising his ribs during a win at New England on Monday, and Eagles coach Andy Reid said he probably won’t play the rest of the preseason. Foles, the rookie third-round pick, will start in his place Friday night at the Browns.

COWBOYS: Team doctors informed tight end Jason Witten he will not need spleen surgery that would have ended his season, a source familiar with the situation told ESPN.com.

The bleeding in Witten’s spleen has subsided, and doctors believe it now will heal on its own.

Witten is still aiming to return in time for the Cowboys’ Sept. 5 regular-season opener against the New York Giants, but it is questionable whether he will be ready to play.

BEARS: Linebacker Brian Urlacher avoided questions Wednesday regarding whether he sought treatment on his healing left knee over the spring in Europe.

According to a report in the Chicago Tribune, Urlacher traveled overseas seeking treatment that didn’t involve surgery for his injured left knee, in which he sprained the medial collateral and posterior cruticate ligaments during the 2011 regular-season finale at Minnesota.

“It doesn’t matter what I did or what I haven’t done,” Urlacher said. “This is where we’re at now. So that’s really all that matters.”

WORKERS COMP: Longtime-NFL punter Tom Tupa is eligible for workers compensation for a career-ending injury he suffered while warming up for a preseason game in 2005 at FedEx Field while playing for the Washington Redskins, Maryland’s highest court ruled on Wednesday.

The court rejected the idea that football injuries should not be considered accidental because of the rough nature of the sport.

Tupa’s injury happened “out of and in the course of (his) employment,” the Maryland Court of Appeals said in its 16-page opinion.


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