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NFL

Vick remains Eagles’ starting QB

– Michael Vick will remain the starting quarterback for the Philadelphia Eagles.

Coach Andy Reid announced the decision Wednesday. Reid and Vick are scheduled to address the media today.

Vick, the four-time Pro Bowl quarterback, has struggled this season and Philadelphia (3-4) has lost three straight games.

Reid didn’t endorse Vick after Sunday’s 30-17 loss to Atlanta, saying he’s going to evaluate all his starters. Vick then said he would support whatever decision Reid makes. That led to speculation Vick’s days were numbered. But Reid is sticking with Vick over unproven rookie Nick Foles as of now.

Manning’s thumb on injury report

Peyton Manning’s right thumbnail was covered with white tape and put under a media microscope upon his return to the football field.

Manning’s throws and hand-offs at practice were unaffected by his thumb injury in his first action since smacking his throwing hand on a defender’s helmet Sunday.

For the first time, Denver coach John Fox listed his quarterback on the team’s injury report – “Peyton Manning, right thumb, full” – but said he noticed no lingering effects.

Manning said his thumb was “sore, but it’s more of an irritant than anything else.”

Sponsors prevent Chargers blackout

At the last minute, a group of corporate sponsors stepped up to bail out the struggling San Diego Chargers and make sure that tonight’s game against Kansas City will be televised in Southern California.

Depending on the outcome, they might regret guaranteeing to cover a whopping 10,000 tickets that remained unsold 72 hours before kickoff.

Already prime-time flops twice this year, the Chargers (3-4) will try to get it right against the staggering Chiefs (1-6).

Around the league

Miami quarterback Ryan Tannehill practiced on a limited basis after leaving Sunday’s victory over the Jets in the first quarter with left knee and thigh injuries. Miami plays Sunday at the Colts. … Washington receiver Pierre Garcon (torn toe ligament) and safety Brandon Meriweather (knee) are unlikely to play this week. Washington has yet to hear from the NFL concerning any punishment for DeAngelo Hall’s tirade toward an official.

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