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‘100 percent’ chance Vick will take field on Sunday

- Associated Press - Wednesday, September 28, 2011

PHILADELPHIA — A badly bruised hand isn't going to keep Michael Vick off the field.

Vick practiced Wednesday and said there's a "100 percent" chance he starts when the Philadelphia Eagles (1-2) host San Francisco (2-1) on Sunday.

The star quarterback was initially diagnosed with a broken, non-throwing hand after getting hurt in a 29-16 loss to the New York Giants three days ago. But tests on Monday revealed he had a contusion on his right hand.

"Even if it was broke, I think I would have probably padded it up and went back out there," Vick said after a morning walkthrough. "You got to take precaution, but this is what I love to do."

Vick hasn't finished two of Philadelphia's three games - both losses. He suffered a concussion in a 35-31 loss at Atlanta on Sept. 18.

Titans sign Avery; Britt placed on IR

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — The Tennessee Titans have placed receiver Kenny Britt on injured reserve and signed Donnie Avery to fill his spot on the roster.

Britt tore his ACL and MCL in his right knee during last week's 17-14 win over Denver. The injury left Tennessee with only four receivers.

The 5-foot-11 Avery was a second-round pick in 2008 out of Houston by St. Louis. He had 100 catches for 1,263 yards and eight touchdowns but missed the 2010 season after tearing his right ACL. The Rams cut him Sept. 3.

Williams starts slow after big contract

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Carolina Panthers running back DeAngelo Williams hasn't put up the numbers befitting a player making $8.6 million a year.

Carolina gave Williams a five-year contract worth $43 million, including $21 million guaranteed, in July figuring he could spearhead the team's running game. But through three games that hasn't happened.

Williams has just 61 yards on 27 carries and is third on the team in rushing behind rookie quarterback Cam Newton and backup running back Jonathan Stewart.

Coaches highlight Hall candidates

CANTON, Ohio — Retired coaches Bill Cowher, Bill Parcells and Marty Schottenheimer are among the modern-era candidates for the 2012 class of the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

Cowher is eligible for the first time, as are players Keyshawn Johnson, Tiki Barber, Drew Bledsoe, Stephen Davis, Rod Smith, Will Shields, Troy Vincent and Mike Vanderjagt. Parcells and Schottenheimer previously were eligible under different requirements.

Around the league

RAMS: Running back Steven Jackson was limited in practice, and St. Louis hopes he will have a larger role this week. Jackson was not at full speed Wednesday but had improved from a right quadriceps injury sustained on his first carry of the year. He played Sunday, carrying four times for 23 yards against Baltimore.

JETS: New York re-signed linebacker Aaron Maybin, hoping the former Buffalo Bills draft bust can boost their pass rush. Maybin, a first-round pick of the Bills in 2009, was signed by the Jets in August and cut Sept. 4.

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