- The Washington Times - Wednesday, September 16, 2009

A group of American Indians who find the Washington Redskins’ name offensive wants the Supreme Court to take up the matter.

On Monday, the group asked the justices to review a lower court decision that favored the NFL team on a legal technicality.

Seven American Indians have been working through the court system since 1992 to have the Redskins trademarks declared invalid. A U.S. Patent and Trademark Office panel ruled in their favor in 1999, but they’ve been handed a series of defeats from judges who ruled that the plaintiffs waited too long to bring their suit in the first place.

EAGLES: Philadelphia elevated Michael Vick to the 53-man roster.

The Eagles released receiver Hank Baskett to make room for Vick, who is eligible to play Sept. 27 against Kansas City. The team said on its Web site that Vick, who had been on the exempt list, will begin practicing with the team Wednesday, though he cannot play in Sunday’s home opener against New Orleans.

Also, offensive lineman Shawn Andrews was placed on injured reserve, ending the two-time Pro Bowl pick’s season. The move freed up a roster space for quarterback Jeff Garcia.

PATRIOTS: It appears linebacker Jerod Mayo will return to the field at some point this season.

Coach Bill Belichick said he doesn’t think Mayo is done for the year after hurting his right knee in the first quarter of Monday night’s opener. Belichick said the next update on Mayo’s condition will come on the team’s practice participation report Wednesday.

CHIEFS: Coach Todd Haley said it was too early to know whether quarterback Matt Cassel will miss a second straight start this weekend because of an injury to his left knee.

If Cassel remains out, Brodie Croyle would make a second start, this one against Oakland.

SAINTS: NFL commissioner Roger Goodell decided against enforcing four-game suspensions of Saints defensive ends Will Smith and Charles Grant at this time.

Goodell said it would be unfair to suspend the two players now that the league has been blocked from suspending Vikings defensive tackles Kevin Williams and Pat Williams for the same offense while their case is pending in court.

BILLS: The front lawn of a home belonging to cornerback Leodis McKelvin was vandalized following Buffalo’s season-opening loss to New England.

Hamburg, N.Y., police confirmed the home of a Bills player was vandalized, but declined to release details of their investigation after an obscenity and the score of Monday night’s game - 25-24 - were painted in white on the player’s lawn.

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