- The Washington Times - Monday, October 12, 2009

The latest wrinkle in the Michael Vick experiment eliminated the gimmicks. Vick was back under center and yelling the signals like any other quarterback.

For the first time in 33 months, Vick took a few snaps and even showed a flash of his old dazzling style on Sunday. Vick put the finishing touches on the Philadelphia Eagles’ 33-14 win over Tampa Bay, playing the final two series and shaking off a hard hit to his ribs.

“I’m just ready whenever my number gets called,” Vick said.

He heard it called late in the fourth quarter.

Vick had been used in variations of the Wildcat since he was reinstated. But he got his chance to show what he has learned in place of Donovan McNabb with the Eagles ahead 31-14 late in the fourth quarter.

LIONS: Receiver Calvin Johnson limped off the field, and the team’s training staff treated his right knee on the sideline.

He hobbled as he tried to walk after the Pittsburgh Steelers beat Detroit 28-20.

Johnson was running a route across the end zone in the first quarter when he pulled up and appeared to be in pain. He left the previous game at Chicago with a thigh injury that slowed him during practice.

49ERS: Strong safety Michael Lewis suffered his third concussion of the season, going down during the 49ers’ game against Atlanta early in the third quarter trying to tackle Michael Turner.

Lewis, who sustained two concussions during an 11-day span in the preseason, could be sidelined for a prolonged period.

He led with his helmet on the hit Sunday and was face down on the field for several minutes while being examined. He eventually sat up and was helped off the field, appearing dazed. Athletic trainers ran a series of tests on Lewis as he sat on the sideline.

BILLS: Buffalo’s depth at middle linebacker was depleted after starter Kawika Mitchell and his backup, Marcus Buggs, were carted off with leg injuries against Cleveland.

Mitchell, who did not return, hurt his right knee when he was bowled over by two Browns linemen while attempting to tackle running back Jerome Harrison on a sweep left.

CHIEFS: Left tackle Brandon Albert hobbled off the field late in the third quarter against Dallas, favoring his left leg.

Albert, a first-round draft pick last year, went to the bench and was attended to by trainers. His loss would be a blow to an already-shaky Chiefs offensive line.

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