Monday, August 24, 2009

From combined dispatches

Michael Vick showed no signs of rust during the Philadelphia Eagles’ practice Sunday, throwing tight spirals with plenty of velocity.

“How does Michael look in the offense? He looks pretty good,” offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg said. “It was a fairly seamless transition, even though he hadn’t played for two years, because of the terminology. It’s very similar. Now, many of the details are different, and details are where you win football games, so that’s the important part there. But the terminology is coming very easily to him.”

Mornhinweg said coach Andy Reid will probably make a decision Tuesday on whether Vick will make his preseason debut Thursday at home against the Jacksonville Jaguars.

Vick worked with offensive assistants James Urban and Doug Pederson on Sunday.

“Every day he works with James and Doug he picks up a little more,” Mornhinweg said. “He hasn’t played in two years, so a lot of it is just getting him into football shape.

“I think he was in decent shape coming in, as far as in general. But moving, cutting, lateral movement, throwing the football, moving while he’s throwing the football, that’s what we needed to see.”

RAVENS: Police said undrafted rookie linebacker Tony Fein was arrested and charged with assaulting an officer and is being held in custody.

Baltimore police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi said Fein was eating dinner at Johnny Rockets in the Inner Harbor Sunday evening when a security officer thought he saw Fein pass a handgun to one of his friends. It turned out to be a cell phone.

He said when police questioned Fein, he became belligerent and shoved an officer. A police report said the officer was knocked to the ground and has an injured elbow.

Fein attended Ole Miss and was signed as a free agent in June following a minicamp tryout. He is an Iraq veteran who served as an Army infantry scout.

A Ravens spokesman said Fein will have a chance to explain what happened.

GIANTS: New York’s injury problems are piling up, with the worst potentially being defensive end Chris Canty’s injured hamstring. Coach Tom Coughlin admitted Sunday that Canty has a little tear.

“We heard for so long that we have so much depth, but I don’t know what you are watching,” Coughlin said. “The guys who are supposed to be the depth have hardly practiced, and some haven’t played. I think you are talking about something that looks good, but it hasn’t really materialized.”

BUCCANEERS: Linebacker Angelo Crowell will miss the season with a torn biceps muscle.

The seventh-year pro was hurt during Saturday night’s preseason victory at Jacksonville. The former Buffalo defensive captain signed with the Buccaneers as a free agent after sitting out all of 2008 with a knee injury.

PANTHERS: Carolina is providing no information on the status of Pro Bowl linebacker Jon Beason a day after he injured his left knee.

Beason was scheduled to undergo an MRI exam Sunday, but a team spokesman said they would have no update until Monday. Beason was injured in the first quarter Saturday in Miami. He immediately told reporters he didn’t believe he was seriously hurt and had not torn his ACL.

BENGALS: Receiver Chad Ochocinco won’t have to kick extra points anymore.

Cincinnati signed rookie kicker Sam Swank from Wake Forest on Sunday, giving them another option while Shayne Graham recovers from a groin injury. Graham couldn’t kick during a preseason game at New England on Thursday, prompting Ochocinco to kick an extra point.

In other Bengals news, quarterback Carson Palmer did some light tossing Sunday but did not practice with the team.

Palmer, who has a sprained left ankle, is questionable for Thursday’s preseason game against St. Louis.

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