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Packers on Vick: Never say never

The Packers aren’t ruling out Michael Vick.

Asked whether Green Bay might be interested in the scandal-tainted quarterback, general manager Ted Thompson didn’t rule it out Tuesday.

But that doesn’t necessarily mean the Packers are in hot pursuit of Vick. Thompson is notoriously coy about the team’s plans, so it wasn’t clear if there was a significant level of interest.

“We’re always looking to improve our team,” Thompson said. “ ... I wouldn’t care to speculate in terms of the odds or the percentages (of signing Vick) or anything like that.”

Vick has been conditionally reinstated in the NFL after completing a 23-month federal sentence for running a dogfighting ring. NFL commissioner Roger Goodell has said Vick can sign with a team and begin playing by Week 6 of the NFL season.

More than two dozen NFL teams have said they’re not interested in signing Vick.

Two Texans injured

Houston Texans starting cornerback Jacques Reeves and starting center Chris Myers were injured in practice on Tuesday.

Reeves fractured his left leg in a collision with receiver Andre Davis when both were going for a pass in the end zone. Reeves is expected to be out 6-8 weeks.

Myers sustained a high ankle sprain and will be out indefinitely.

Extra points

NFL referee Ed Hochuli received a warm welcome when he arrived in Englewood, Colo., Tuesday to help officiate the Broncos’ 11-on-11 team sessions and explain new rules to the players and coaches. “Yeah, he’s one of our favorite guys,” coach Josh McDaniels said. Hochuli famously ruled Jay Cutler to have thrown an incomplete pass in the final moments of a Week 2 game with San Diego last season – a call that cost Denver a 39-38 defeat. ... Giants linebacker Antonio Pierce said he was relieved he was not indicted by the grand jury that indicted his former teammate Plaxico Burress on weapons charges this week. ... Quarterback Tarvaris Jackson said his sprained left knee should be 100 percent by the time the Vikings open the preseason Aug. 14 in Indianapolis. ... Redskins defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth returned to practice after missing two days for treatment on his left knee. ... Carolina Panthers nose tackle Maake Kemoeatu will have surgery today after tearing his right Achilles’ tendon in practice Monday. ... The Kansas City Chiefs signed 13-year veteran wide receiver Amani Toomer. ... Browns receiver Braylon Edwards missed his fourth day of practice with an injury growing more mysterious by the day. ... Broncos pass-rusher Jarvis Moss returned to camp after three days off to mull retirement.

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