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Vick says he will be ready for Philadelphia opener | NFL
By The Associated Press
PHILADELPHIA — With a swarm of reporters surrounding backup quarterback Nick Foles, Michael Vick saw an opening and took off.
Injured ribs didn't affect Vick's escapability in the locker room.
Still, the three-time Pro Bowl quarterback stopped to say he is "doing good, feeling better," and there is no doubt he will be ready when the Philadelphia Eagles visit the Cleveland Browns in Week 1.
Vick didn't practice Wednesday after bruising his ribs during a win at New England on Monday, and Eagles coach Andy Reid said he probably won't play the rest of the preseason. Foles, the rookie third-round pick, will start in his place Friday night at the Browns.
"That was a pretty good shot he took," Reid said of the hit that knocked Vick out of the game against the Patriots after just six plays. "It was in a soft spot, and a good shot he took."
Saints will have Kromer coach
The New Orleans Saints designated offensive line coach Aaron Kromer as the interim head coach for the first six regular-season games, when assistant head coach Joe Vitt will have to serve his suspension in connection with the NFL's bounty investigation.
Vitt has been overseeing head coaching duties since Sean Payton's full season suspension began in mid-April, but the Saints held off until Wednesday on a decision concerning who would become the figurehead of the coaching staff when Vitt has to step aside in Week 1.
The 45-year-old Kromer is in his fifth season with the Saints and also serves as running game coordinator.
"This was a difficult decision because we have several coaches on our staff that would do a great job in this role," general manager Mickey Loomis said. "Ultimately, I wanted to have the least amount of change with both the offensive and defensive staffs, and maintain the most continuity with the program that has been in place for the last six years."
• Joe Haden's training camp — and a stormy one for the Browns — ended before any of his teammates were finished.
Arguably Cleveland's best defensive player, Haden was kicked off the practice field by coach Pat Shurmur, who felt the third-year cornerback was being too physical with rookie wide receiver Travis Benjamin during a passing drill on the final day of workouts open to fans.
Haden was ordered to leave roughly an hour into the practice by an angry Shurmur, who declined to provide details of the incident during his news conference.
• Defensive tackle Curley Culp and linebacker Dave Robinson have been chosen by the Pro Football Hall of Fame's seniors committee as finalists for election into the class of 2013.
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