Michael Vick, Nick Foles both strong in Eagles’ exhibition win
The Associated Press
PHILADELPHIA — Michael Vick and Nick Foles are making it tough for Chip Kelly to pick a starting quarterback.
Vick was nearly flawless, Foles looked sharp and each player led the Philadelphia Eagles to touchdown drives in a 14-9 victory over Cam Newton and the Carolina Panthers on Thursday night.
No matter who Kelly chooses to run his up-tempo offense, it appears both quarterbacks can operate this system efficiently. Vick and Foles have combined to put up 28 points on eight-plus drives in two games.
“They’re doing a great job of making it difficult because they’re both playing at a high level,” Kelly said.
Vick finished 9 of 10 for 105 yards and also ran for 20, while Foles was 6 of 8 for 53 yards.
Browns pounded by injuries
CLEVELAND — A meaningless exhibition win for the Browns turned troubling, and then deeply serious.
Rookie linebacker Barkevious Mingo sustained a bruised lung, running back Dion Lewis broke his left leg and the Browns came away battered in a 24-6 victory over the Detroit Lions.
Browns coach Rob Chudzinski reported Mingo’s bruised lung following the game and said Lewis, the team’s valuable backup to starter Trent Richardson, had fractured his fibula. The Browns also lost starting right guard Jason Pinkston (sprained ankle) and tight end Gary Barnidge (sprained shoulder).
Matt Ryan threw for 97 yards and a touchdown in four series before the Ravens’ backups rallied for a 27-23 victory in Baltimore.
• Jay Cutler looked shaky again but his defense made up for it, harassing Philip Rivers in Chicago’s 33-28 home victory over San Diego.
• Tom Brady participated fully in the New England Patriots’ walk-through and showed no signs of the apparent left knee injury that caused him to leave practice on Wednesday.
• Denver Broncos linebacker Von Miller sat out of the final day of training camp to address his looming suspension for violating the NFL’s drug-abuse policy, although ESPN reported that his appeals hearing was postponed.
• A day after moving atop Pittsburgh’s depth chart at running back, Steelers rookie Le’Veon Bell’s status is in doubt for Monday night’s exhibition game against Washington after aggravating a left knee injury during training camp.