Adam Schefter is reporting that Eagles QB Michael Vick will not play Sunday due to the lingering effects of a concussion he suffered during the teams’ loss to the Cowboys on Sunday, and rookie Nick Foles will get his first career start.
Highlighted by a Leodis McKelvin 79-yard punt return touchdown on their first possession, the Buffalo Bills gutted out a crucial 19-14 victory over the Miami Dolphins on Thursday night football. After seeing the Bills dominate for three quarters and holding a 19-7 lead behind 130 total yards of offense from C.J. Spiller, the Dolphins mounted a late rally behind rookie QB Ryan Tannehill, as he hit Davone Bess for a TD with 5:22 remaining to cut the lead to 19-14, but on the Dolphin’ final two offensive possessions, Bills safety Jairus Byrd made a diving interception and safety Bryan Scott ended Miami’s final drive with an interception to drop the Dolphins to 4-6 after they were 4-3 near the midway point of the 2012 season and poised for a run at the playoffs.
Chargers Head Coach Norv Turner said Thursday that Ryan Mathews (neck) hasn’t improved to the point where he can practice, and the teams’ top runningback my be sidelined for Sunday’s AF C West showdown with the Denver Broncos.
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell remains hopeful that HGH testing is coming soon to the NFL.
49ers QB Alex Smith returned to a limited practice on Thursday after he gained clearance to practice on Wednesday, and remains on track to play in the teams’ Monday night matchup with the Chicago Bears. Meanwhile, Head Coach Jim Harbaugh underwent a minor procedure Thursday to correct an irregular heartbeat, but the 49ers expect him back at the facility on Friday.
Saints RB Darren Sproles (hand) practiced Thursday and is looking probable for Sunday’s west coast rip to Oakland to face the Raiders.