- The Washington Times - Wednesday, August 26, 2009

From combined dispatches

Michael Vick has looked sharp zipping uncontested passes to open receivers and racing past defenders who aren’t allowed to touch him in practice.

Now he’ll see what it’s like to face 11 guys going after him again.

Vick will make his Eagles debut in a preseason game against the Jacksonville Jaguars in Philadelphia on Thursday night. The three-time Pro Bowl quarterback hasn’t played in an NFL game since Dec. 31, 2006, with the Atlanta Falcons - against the Eagles on the same field.

“I can only go off what I’ve seen in practice, and it looks like he’s moving around pretty good,” Eagles coach Andy Reid said. “Realistically, it’s been two years. We’ll see how it works out. We’ll give him a couple shots in there and see what he can do.”

Vick was released from federal custody July 20 after serving 18 months of a 23-month sentence for his role in running a dogfighting operation. He signed a one-year, $1.6 million contract with the Eagles, who hold a $5.2 million option for a second season.

Vick is due to appear at a bankruptcy court hearing in Newport News, Va., on Thursday morning and will fly back to Philadelphia for the game against the Jaguars.

Reid isn’t saying how much Vick will play. Donovan McNabb and the rest of the starters are slated to go three quarters, and Reid said Vick won’t play in the fourth quarter. Backup Kevin Kolb, who missed the first two preseason games with a knee injury, will play the final quarter.

STEELERS: Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger practiced for the first time since injuring his right foot during the team’s final training camp practice, and coach Mike Tomlin said he will play in Saturday night’s preseason game against Buffalo.

The Steelers’ starters are expected to play about a half against Buffalo, their most extensive playing time before the Sept. 10 season opener against Tennessee.

COWBOYS: The NFL’s competition committee plans to discuss the massive video boards that hang over the field at the new Cowboys Stadium.

Tennessee coach Jeff Fisher, the committee’s co-chairman, said he expects more punts to hit the boards and that it needs to be determined what happens when they do. Fisher says his stance isn’t necessarily that the boards have to be raised.

Also, two club employees seriously injured in the collapse of the team’s indoor practice facility filed lawsuits against the company that designed the structure and others linked to its construction and repair.

Scouting assistant Rich Behm and special teams coach Joe DeCamillis filed lawsuits against Summit Structures LLC and others involved in building and repairing the steel and fabric facility.

BILLS: Terrell Owens still isn’t ready to play, and Buffalo has another concern after running back Fred Jackson aggravated a left thumb injury in practice.

Coach Dick Jauron ruled out Owens from playing in a preseason game at Pittsburgh on Saturday because the receiver is still nursing a sprained toe. Owens spent 10 minutes working out on his own during practice. He has been out since jamming his foot in the Hall of Fame game Aug. 9.

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