- The Washington Times - Sunday, August 30, 2009

From combined dispatches

Michael Vick will play in the Philadelphia Eagles’ final preseason game and might even take some snaps as a conventional quarterback.

How much time Vick will get Thursday night against the New York Jets at the Meadowlands has yet to be determined.

Vick was in for six Wildcat plays last week against Jacksonville, throwing four times, running once and handing the ball off to rookie running back LeSean McCoy once. He came onto the field for what would have been a seventh play but called timeout, and then was not on the field when play resumed.

It was the first time Vick had played in more than two years. He served 18 months in federal prison for his involvement in a dogfighting ring.

This week will be his first road game with the Eagles. It could also mark his first time under center in the West Coast offense of Eagles coach Andy Reid.

“We’ll see how that goes,” Reid said. “There’s a chance of that.”

During the 33-32 win over Jacksonville at home, Vick came in and out of the game. In all but one of his six plays, starting quarterback Donovan McNabb stayed on the field and lined up as a wide receiver.

In seemed to cause a disruption to the offensive rhythm and the plan was shelved midway through the second quarter.

Also, right tackle Shawn Andrews practiced for the first time since reinjuring his surgically repaired back and hopes to play the season opener against Carolina on Sept. 13.

PATRIOTS: Coach Bill Belichick said Tom Brady left Friday night’s preseason game so the coaches could look at the backup - not because of injury.

The team had announced at the game that Brady had a sore right shoulder. Belichick said Saturday it was a “football decision” to remove him.

Brady left the game against Washington after he was crushed to the turf by defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth.

BUCS: Byron Leftwich won Tampa Bay’s prolonged quarterback derby by beating out Luke McCown. Leftwich will start the team’s regular-season opener against Dallas.

Coach Raheem Morris announced the selection after practice, saying Leftwich had an edge over McCown heading into training camp and held it with steady - if unspectacular - play through three preseason games.

CHIEFS: Quarterback Matt Cassel left the field favoring his left leg after being sacked on the third play of Kansas City’s home game against Seattle.

Cassel was sacked by Brandon Mebane on the first passing play. He appeared to have a problem with his left leg, but came off the field unassisted before being replaced by Tyler Thigpen.

49ERS: Former Pro Bowl offensive tackle Marvel Smith retired after being plagued by back problems during training camp.

Smith missed practice Friday and the team announced his retirement Saturday. Coach Mike Singletary said Smith did not make the decision lightly and that the team appreciated he told them before the season started.

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