Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Michael Vick returned to practice Monday after missing three games with two broken ribs, and will play this weekend as the last-place Eagles (4-8) meet the Miami Dolphins (4-8).
“I’ll definitely be out there,” Vick said. “I feel like I’ve got to be accountable for my team. I want to be there. You know, I just want to get back to doing what I love to do, and that’s playing the game of football.”
The Eagles were 1-2 without Vick, while former Titans Pro Bowl quarterback Vince Young tossed eight interceptions and four touchdowns.
Vick suffered two broken ribs in the Eagles’ 21-17 loss Nov. 13 to the Cardinals at home. The Eagles are 3-6 in Vick’s nine starts this year, and he has 11 touchdown passes to go with 11 interceptions.
“He’s back on top of things,” center Jason Kelce said. “And mentally, he was all there today, which you would think with a guy missing a few weeks, that he would be kind of slow to come back, but he was on top of it.
“So, it was good to have him back.”
The Eagles need to win their last four games to avoid their first losing season since 2005 and only their second in 13 years under coach Andy Reid.
EX-PLAYERS FILE SUIT
A lawsuit filed by 12 former players against the NFL about its concussion policies says there was widespread pregame use of an anti-inflammatory drug that could put someone with a head injury at increased risk.
Pro Bowl receiver Joe Horn is among the plaintiffs named in the complaint that attorney Christopher Seeger said was filed in federal court in New Jersey on Monday.
It’s one of about a half-dozen suits filed against the NFL in recent months by past players who say the league did not do enough to protect them from concussions.
As in other complaints against the league, the latest criticizes the NFL’s original committee on brain injuries and says the league concealed risks of concussions.
“The difference with this case is what we’ve learned from our players is that they used to administer a drug called Toradol, which is basically a painkiller … even when players didn’t have symptoms,” Seeger said in a telephone interview. “Our experts say that’s the worst thing you can do for a brain injury or a concussion.”
INJURIES IN SUH CRASH
Two women say they were injured when Lions defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh crashed his car into a tree in downtown Portland over the weekend.
Portland police had originally said there were no injuries in the accident early Saturday. But police said Monday that two passengers later came forward to say they were hurt and left the scene before officers arrived.
Suh told police he was trying to avoid a stopped taxicab when he lost control of the 1970 Chevrolet Coupe. The car hit a curb, light pole, drinking fountain and tree.
Police say Suh was not impaired and was not cited.
Rams backup quarterback A.J. Feeley has a small fracture in his right thumb, leaving his availability in doubt for next Monday’s game at Seattle. Starter Sam Bradford’s status is iffy, too. Offensive guard Jacob Bell has an even more significant injury with an ligament tear to his right knee. … Bears coach Lovie Smith expects running back Matt Forte to return this season from a sprained medial collateral ligament in his right knee. Smith said he “looked pretty good” on Monday, but he wouldn’t put a timetable on Forte’s return. … Andre Johnson has a mild left hamstring injury, though Houston coach Gary Kubiak says it’s too early to know if his star receiver will play at Cincinnati this weekend. … Four-time Pro Bowl linebacker Patrick Willis underwent a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) exam on his injured right hamstring and the 49ers player’s status for Sunday’s game at Arizona is unclear.