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Notebook

Concussed Vick out; rookie to get 1st start

– Eagles quarterback Michael Vick will miss Sunday’s game against the Washington Redskins due to the effects of a concussion.

Rookie Nick Foles, who replaced Vick during the 38-23 loss to Dallas on Sunday and who practiced with the first team all week, will get his first NFL start in a battle of 3-6 teams fighting to save their seasons.

“That was one of his goals, obviously, to stay healthy all season. He’s a very considerate guy, and he feels like he lets people down, and his teammates down,” Eagles coach Andy Reid said of Vick. “And that’s not the case, he’s hurt.”

Garcon returning from ligament tear

Washington receiver Pierre Garcon and safety Brandon Meriweather appear set to play Sunday against the Philadelphia.

Garcon tore a ligament in the second toe of his right foot in the season opener and and has been struggling with the pain ever since.

Meriweather hasn’t played all season because of sprained ligaments in his left knee.

Referee fined for obscenities

Referee Tony Corrente was fined one game check by the NFL for uttering some obscenities while his microphone was left on inadvertently during a Nov. 4 game in Indianapolis between the Colts and Miami Dolphins.

A referee of Corrente’s experience earns about $9,000 a game.

Corrente has apologized to the Colts’ organization.

Around the league

Jacksonville defensive tackle Terrance Knighton was fined $25,000 for making helmet-to-helmet contact with Colts quarterback Andrew Luck. Jaguars safety Dawan Landry was fined $10,000 for a hit on Luck that made contact to the head and neck area. … Other news on fines: San Francisco defensive lineman Ray McDonald fined $21,000 for a helmet-to-helmet hit; Minnesota linebacker Jasper Brinkley fined $21,000 for a helmet hit; Denver’s Von Miller ($21,000) and Kevin Vickerson ($15,000) are appealing fines they said they received from the NFL for hits on Carolina quarterback Cam Newton. … Cleveland cornerback Joe Haden will be a game-time decision on Sunday against Dallas with an oblique injury. … New York Jets wide receiver Jeremy Kerley is questionable for the team’s game at St. Louis with heel and hamstring injuries. … Oakland strong safety Tyvon Branch remains questionable with a neck injury. … Injured Dallas running back DeMarco Murray is unlikely to return from a four-game absence against Cleveland.

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