Michael Vick can throw passes to his teammates instead of ball boys.
The Philadelphia Eagles elevated Vick to the team’s 53-man roster Tuesday, a move that allows the quarterback to practice with the team.
Wide receiver Hank Baskett was released to make room for Vick, who is eligible to play Sept. 27 against the Kansas City Chiefs. Vick will begin practicing with the team today, though he cannot play in Sunday’s home opener against the New Orleans Saints. Vick was suspended for the first two regular-season games as the final league penalty for his role in running a dogfighting ring.
Kevin Kolb is expected to take the snaps with the starters today because Donovan McNabb has a cracked rib. Jeff Garcia was signed to back up Kolb in case McNabb can’t play.
The Eagles also placed offensive tackle Shawn Andrews on injured reserve, ending the two-time Pro Bowl lineman’s season. Andrews missed the entire preseason and season opener with a back injury.
Critics have questioned the eccentric Andrews’ passion for football and wondered whether he’s more interested in a music career. Andrews, who sports a faux-hawk haircut that’s sometimes blonde or orange or red, has posted various YouTube videos where he talks about his latest musical compositions. Andrews wrote a song, “Gettin’ My Michael Phelps On,” which he dedicated to the Olympic swimming champion.
Vandals hit McKelvin’s house
Buffalo players are concerned with their privacy and safety after the front lawn of a home belonging to cornerback/kick returner Leodis McKelvin was vandalized following Buffalo’s season-opening loss to New England.
Police confirmed the home of a Bills player was vandalized after an obscenity and the score of Monday night’s game – a 25-24 loss to the Patriots – were painted in white on the player’s lawn in suburban Buffalo.
McKelvin fumbled a kickoff return with under two minutes to play and the Bills leading 24-19. Three plays later, New England’s Tom Brady hit Benjamin Watson for the go-ahead touchdown.
The NFL is investigating Cleveland coach Eric Mangini’s role in the Jets’ failure to list quarterback Brett Favre’s arm problem on injury reports last season. Mangini coached the Jets during Favre’s one season in New York before he was fired after the team collapsed down the stretch. … A group of American Indians who find the Washington Redskins’ name offensive wants the Supreme Court to take up the matter. The group asked justices to review a lower court decision that favored the NFL team on a legal technicality. … Cleveland waived linebacker Leon Williams, fourth-round draft pick in 2006 who started 12 games over the past three seasons.… New England linebacker Jerod Mayo, last year’s NFL defensive rookie of the year, injured his right knee in the first quarter of Monday night’s opener. He’ll likely return this season.