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Vick says he'll play Sunday

PHILADELPHIA -- Eagles quarterback Michael Vick practiced for a second consecutive day Friday and pronounced himself ready to play against the Giants (1-1) in the Eagles' home opener Sunday, seven days after he left a game against the Falcons with a concussion.

"There's no reason to think that I won't play on Sunday," Vick said. "I've had two good days of practice. I'm optimistic I'll be able to go out there and very excited to play."

Eagles coach Andy Reid said that barring a setback, Vick will start against the team that has lost to Philadelphia six straight times.

"If he's OK on game day," Reid said, "then he plays on game day."

Vick suffered a concussion Sunday night in Atlanta during the third quarter of the Eagles' 35-31 loss to the Falcons and didn't return to the game. He was replaced by second-year pro Mike Kafka.

After missing practice on Wednesday, Vick was cleared Thursday morning by an independent, NFL-appointed neurosurgeon to resume all football-related activities, under terms of the NFL's 2009 concussion policy.

Officially, the Eagles (1-1) list Vick as questionable for the home opener at Lincoln Financial Field.


Romo's status unknown

IRVING, Texas -- Tony Romo is still sleeping in a recliner, still not practicing and still not certain whether he'll be able to play against the Redskins on Monday night.

He's also not ruling himself out.

While tests show his punctured lung has healed, his broken rib hurts plenty, especially when he moves the wrong way. How much he can play through that pain -- not just tolerate it, but throw the ball accurately, even after getting hit and rising from the turf -- will determine whether he starts.

"If it's just about the pain side of it, I think we'll be good to go," Romo said Friday. "But we'll have to determine that as it gets closer. I don't think we can say anything 100 percent right now. It's just a matter of the day and keep getting better. I'm obviously planning mentally going out there, so we'll see."

Romo has been fitted for a protective vest, and done some light throwing. He's been in meetings and is studying the playbook to make sure he's ready, if everything checks out OK. He said he's getting up to five hours of treatment each day.

There are certain movements and throws he needs to be able to make before he knows he can play. However, he's not even sure when he will test himself.


Around the league

*Orlando "Zeus" Brown, the 360-pound tackle who in 1999 was accidentally hit in the eye with a penalty flag and missed three seasons because of the damage it caused, was found dead at his Baltimore home. He was 40.

Firefighters were called about 11 a.m. Friday because Brown was unresponsive at his home near the Inner Harbor, fire spokesman Battalion Chief Kevin Cartwright said. He said Brown was dead when firefighters arrived. The cause of death wasn't known.

*Browns running back Peyton Hillis missed Cleveland's practice because he felt sick Friday, two days before Cleveland hosts winless Miami.

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