NFL Notes: Hard hits just keep on coming for Eagles’ Vick

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PHILADELPHIA — Michael Vick has required four medical tests and completed four passes in the first two preseason games.

That’s an ominous sign for the Philadelphia Eagles.

The three-time Pro Bowl quarterback left Monday night’s exhibition win at New England after injuring his ribs on his sixth play. He lasted just six plays against Pittsburgh before leaving with an injured left thumb.

X-rays on Vick’s ribs at the stadium were negative, but he was undergoing an MRI and CT scan Tuesday. He also needed X-rays on his thumb when he was hurt in the first game. They also were negative.

Vick missed three games because of rib injuries in each of the past two seasons. Vick has led the offense to just one first down in 12 plays this preseason.

Harrison targets opener

PITTSBURGH — Steelers linebacker James Harrison remains optimistic his aching left knee will be ready in time for the season opener against Denver.

Harrison had a minor procedure on the knee last week and hasn’t practiced during training camp. He was activated from the physically unable to perform list before Sunday’s preseason game against Indianapolis but did not dress.

Harrison, 34, said Tuesday he tried to play through some discomfort during minicamp, but the knee flared up whenever he would try to cut. Though the four-time Pro Bowler has spent nine seasons with the Steelers, he believes he needs to practice at least a few times before being cleared to play.

Luck to see extensive action

INDIANAPOLIS — Andrew Luck is likely to see his most extensive playing time of the preseason at Washington.

Colts coach Chuck Pagano said he plans to play most of his starters, including Luck, into the second half Saturday afternoon. Luck played almost the entire half in the preseason opener against St. Louis and the first two quarters Sunday night at Pittsburgh.

Pagano’s plan is to use his starters until halftime, make adjustments and send the Colts’ starters back out to see how they adjust. The third preseason game is traditionally when starters play longest.

Around the league

BUCCANEERS: Tampa Bay is giving Jordan Shipley a chance to revive his career just a few days after the 26-year-old wide receiver was waived by Cincinnati. The former Texas star was the AFC’s leading rookie receiver in 2010 before tearing ligaments in his left knee in the Bengals’ second game last year.

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