Football

Broken ribs still keeping Vick out of practice

PHILADELPHIA — Michael Vick is not practicing Wednesday because of broken ribs, and it's uncertain whether the Pro Bowl quarterback will play when the Philadelphia Eagles host New England on Sunday.

Vick broke his two lower ribs on the second play of the Eagles' 21-17 loss to Arizona on Nov. 13 and missed last Sunday's 17-10 win at the New York Giants. Vince Young filled in and threw two touchdown passes.

Eagles coach Andy Reid says Vick threw a little on Tuesday and that he's "getting better" but is "not there yet."

Bills RB Jackson outfor the season

Fred Jackson will miss the rest of the year with a broken bone in his lower right leg, an injury that could derail Buffalo's once-promising season.

Jackson's best season was cut short after he was hurt in Sunday's blowout loss to the Miami Dolphins.

Patriots cut Ventrone again

It's Wednesday, so it must be time for the New England Patriots to cut Ross Ventrone again.

The Patriots released the safety for the seventh time this year, letting him go to make room on the roster for offensive lineman Donald Thomas. Two days ago it was the other way around: Thomas was released and Ventrone was promoted from the practice squad for Monday night's game against the Kansas City Chiefs.

Ventrone was signed and cut by New England twice last year. Then the team brought him back in January. Since then, he has been on the transaction wire 17 times — either cut, signed or promoted from the practice squad.

Chiefs claim Ortonoff waivers

Kyle Orton has a new home in the AFC West.

Orton was claimed off waivers Wednesday by the Kansas City Chiefs, who were in the market for a veteran quarterback after losing Matt Cassel to a season-ending injury to his throwing hand.

Orton was released by the Broncos on Tuesday, six weeks after he was benched following a 1-4 start. The former Chicago Bears starter, who passed for 3,000 yards each of his first two seasons in Denver, became expendable when the Broncos opted to go with Tim Tebow as their starter.

Packers RB Starksmight not play vs. Lions

Injured Green Bay Packers running back James Starks may be able to play Thursday at Detroit.

Coach Mike McCarthy said the decision would be made before the game. Starks, the team's top rusher, was listed as questionable after participating in a short walk-through session Wednesday.

Starks suffered a sprained knee and an ankle injury in the final minutes of the win over Tampa Bay on Sunday.

Browns' RB Hardesty at practice after calf injury

Browns running back Montario Hardesty has recovered from a calf injury and could play this week against Cincinnati after missing three straight games.

Hardesty hasn't played since getting hurt on Oct. 30 in San Francisco. Browns coach Pat Shurmur says Hardesty will start if he can play.

Texans place QB Schaub on IR, sign Kellen Clemens

The Houston Texans placed quarterback Matt Schaub on injured reserve and signed quarterback Kellen Clemens.

Schaub is gone for the season with a right foot injury suffered in Houston's win over Tampa Bay last Sunday. He met with several doctors, including a specialist in Charlotte, who determined he'll need season-ending surgery on the Lisfranc injury.

Matt Leinart will start for Houston (7-3) in Jacksonville (3-7) on Sunday. Clemens becomes the backup and rookie T.J. Yates, a fifth-round pick, is No. 3 on the depth chart.

Titans' Hasselbeck says he's starting vs. Tampa Bay

Titans quarterback Matt Hasselbeck says 'he will start Sunday.'

His sore right elbow knocked him out of one game, but Hasselbeck told Tampa Bay reporters that he will start against the Buccaneers (4-6).

The 13-year veteran left last week's 23-17 loss to Atlanta midway through the third quarter when he hit his throwing arm on a defender's helmet during a pass attempt. He had tests Monday that showed no structural damage, though the Titans (5-5) planned to limit him in practice Wednesday.

Kolb practices, optimistic he can play Sunday

Arizona quarterback Kevin Kolb went through a substantial practice for the first time since his injury three weeks ago and says he is optimistic he will be able to play Sunday at St. Louis.

Kolb, who says he took 35 to 40 reps in Wednesday's workout, has been frustrated by his slow recovery from a right turf toe and bruise on the side of the same foot. He was injured in the Cardinals' 30-27 loss at Baltimore on Oct. 30.

Giants LT Will Beattyto have eye surgery

New York Giants left tackle Will Beatty is scheduled to have surgery on Thanksgiving to repair a detached retina in his right eye.

The Giants disclosed the injury late Wednesday afternoon, saying there is no timetable for Beatty's return. He has started at left tackle all season.

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