From Comcast SportsNetPHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Michael Vick will take his next snap in the season opener for the Philadelphia Eagles. Who replaces him if he gets hurt again remains a question.Vick is back at practice after leaving last Monday's game with injured ribs. He didn't play in Friday's game at Cleveland, but returned to the field Sunday night for Philadelphia's annual practice party at Lincoln Financial Field."I think he's real close to 100 percent," offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg said Monday. "I thought he threw the ball last night just beautifully; threw it strong and aggressively. So, I think he's ready to rock and roll. That's my point on that. I think he's ready to go."Vick has taken just 12 snaps in two preseason games and isn't expected to play against the New York Jets in the preseason finale Thursday. The Eagles visit Cleveland in Week 1 on Sept. 9."I think in that ballgame that he got hurt, I think he would have played in the game if it was a regular season game," Mornhinweg said. "I don't know that for sure, but that was just my thought at the time."The more important thought in the coordinator's mind right now revolves around the backup quarterbacks. Philadelphia has Mike Kafka, Trent Edwards and Nick Foles in the fold right now.Foles, a rookie third-round pick from Arizona, has been impressive in the first three games. He threw two touchdown passes in the first quarter and led the Eagles to a 27-10 victory over the Browns last Friday. Foles finished the victory 12 of 19 for 146 yards with one interception. He's 36 of 57 passes for 507 yards, with six TDs and two interceptions so far.Kafka, the incumbent backup, hasn't played the last two games because of a hand injury. It would seem that Foles has moved up the depth chart, but Mornhinweg wasn't ready to say it."That choice has not been made," Mornhinweg said. "We've got several different things to evaluate there. I certainly have great confidence in all of our quarterbacks to do all of the jobs that we would ask them to do: backup and the number three. (Quarterbacks coach) Doug Pederson has done just an outstanding job with all four of the quarterbacks."Kafka, a third-year pro, might even be in danger of losing his roster spot. Edwards has also been outstanding in the preseason. The 28-year-old veteran is 32 of 48 for 292 yards with two TDs and no interceptions. Edwards was 14-18 as a starter for Buffalo between 2007-10. He was released by Oakland last year and sat out the season."Well, we haven't come to that decision. We've got some days of practice and the last preseason game to evaluate that and discuss it," Mornhinweg said. "We've got four quarterbacks here (who) really can play at a high level. Those are good things. Those are good things that you have to come to a decision on at some point here and it's coming up pretty quick."The Eagles (No. 8 in the AP Pro32), who closed the regular season on a four-game winning streak last year, are 3-0 this preseason and have scored 78 points along the way.
In order for the Orlando Magic, the Eastern Conference's lowest-scoring team, to drop a season-high 124 points on the Wizards on Tuesday night, it wasn't their starting lineup that got hot and led them to a shootout victory. Instead, it was their bench, rife with what Scott Brooks described as starter-quality players, that exploded for 73 points and kept the Wizards out of reach for much of the night.
That 73 points was a whole lot more than the 22 points scored by the Wizards bench, as Washington's second unit took another one on the chin in a season that has put them under the microscope often and mostly for the wrong reasons.
For the Magic, it was point guard Elfrid Payton who stood above all with a career-high 25 points off the bench. He had 22 points in the first half alone on 8-for-8 shooting, including 3-for-3 from three-point range. He entered the game a 17.8 percent shooter from three and those three makes tied a career-best.
"Just tip your cap to him," Wizards point guard John Wall, who scored a career-high 52 points, said.
"Elfrid Payton had the game of his life," Magic coach Frank Vogel said. "He was terrific tonight."
Payton was one of four Magic bench players who reached double-figures. Jeff Green had 20 points in 25 minutes, Jodie Meeks dropped 18 points in 16 minutes and Nikola Vucevic had 10 points, 10 rebounds and six assists.
"[Their bench] was the difference," Wall said. "We made our run, but they always made a big play or made a big shot."
Wizards head coach Scott Brooks also agreed that the Magic bench lifted them to victory, one that dropped Washington to 7-13 on the season.
"They're in the NBA for a reason. They're good basketball players. There's 450 of them that can play the game and we have to be able to guard all the players that come on the floor," Brooks said.
Now 10-12 on the season, the Magic aren't known as one of the deepest teams in the NBA, but they sure looked like one on Tuesday night. The Wizards, meanwhile, again looked like a team that is missing one of their key players in Ian Mahinmi, but one that has depth issues that can't be explained by the absence of just one guy.
Here is what you need to know on this Wednesday, December 5, four days before the Washington Redskins play the Philadelphia Eagles.
—Today's schedule: Practice 1:05; Jay Gruden and Kirk Cousins news conferences and open locker room after practice approx. 3:00
—Days until: Panthers @ Redskins 12; Redskins @ Bears Christmas Eve 17; Giants @ Redskins, New Year’s Day 25
Injuries of note vs. Cardinals:
C Spencer Long (concussion), S Will Blackmon (concussion)
Long's concussion could force roster move
First look at Redskins vs. Eagles
The last time: The Redskins won 27-20 at FedEx Field in Week 6 in a game that was not really as close as the score indicated. The Redskins outgained the Eagles 493 yards to 239 and had the ball for 10 more minutes. Philly scored on a kickoff return and an interception return in a three-minute span in the second quarter and that was about all they had. The Redskins have now beaten the Eagles four straight times.
The Eagles leaders: Quarterback Carson Wentz got off to a hot start, posting three passer ratings of over 100 in his first four games. In eight games since his passer rating is 70.1 and his high in a game is 91.4. Leading rusher Ryan Mathews had his first 100-yard game in Week 10; he shares the load with Wendell Smallwood and Darren Sproles. Jordan Matthews (57 receptions, 686 yards) is expected back after missing last week with an ankle injury. Sacks leader Brandon Graham (5.0) has only one sack in the last six games.
Be on the lookout: The Eagles have been getting it done on special teams for years. This year they have two kickoff return touchdowns and Darren Sproles averages 13.7 yards per punt return including a 66-yarder.
Hodgepodge: A Washington win would put them 2.5 games ahead of the Eagles with three to play. Barring a Philly win out/Redskins lose out scenario the Redskins would be out of last place in the NFC East in consecutive years for the first time since 2002-2003 . . . The Redskins already are ensured of avoiding double-digit losses in consecutive seasons for the first time since 2001-2002 . . . The Eagles have allowed over 400 yards of offense in two of their last three games.
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