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Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Michael Vick watches the game from the bench in the first half of an NFL football game against the Washington Redskins, Sunday, Dec. 23, 2012, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Michael Perez)
PHILADELPHIA – Eagles rookie quarterback Nick Foles has a broken right hand, and Coach Andy Reid said Michael Vick will likely start against the New York Giants in Sunday’s season finale.
Reid said Monday that Foles broke his throwing hand in the second quarter of a 27-20 loss to Washington, but returned to the game after X-rays at the stadium were negative.
Vick hasn’t played since suffering a concussion during a loss to the Cowboys on Nov. 11. He was recently cleared to return.
“There’s a pretty good chance Michael will be the starter,” Reid said. “That’s what we’re looking at right now. That’s the direction I’m going as we speak right now.”
The Eagles (4-11) went 1-5 with the 23-year-old Foles as the starter.
“I banged it up a little in the first half,’” he said. ‘“It didn’t affect my throwing at all.”
Jaguars place WR Shorts on IR with 2nd concussion
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – The Jacksonville Jaguars placed receiver Cecil Shorts III on injured reserve following his second concussion of the month.
Shorts sustained a concussion in Sunday’s loss to New England. He also sat out the Dec. 9 game against the New York Jets with a concussion. He had 55 receptions for a team-leading 979 yards and seven touchdowns.
The Jaguars (2-13) already have receiver Laurent Robinson on IR. They traded Mike Thomas and waived Kevin Elliott, leaving rookie Justin Blackmon as the only remaining receiver from the opener.
Jacksonville also placed running back Rashad Jennings (shoulder) and linebacker Greg Jones (leg) on IR.
The team activated receiver Jerrell Jackson from the practice squad and was awarded offensive lineman Mark Asper and tight end Allen Reisner off waivers from Minnesota.
Ex-NFL player Joey Porter free in casino debt case
LAS VEGAS – Authorities said former NFL Pro Bowl linebacker Joey Porter was released from a California jail after paying $70,000 owed to the Hard Rock Casino in Las Vegas.
A spokeswoman with the Kern County jail in Bakersfield said Porter was released Monday.
Prosecutor Samuel Bateman in Las Vegas said Porter was arrested during the weekend on a theft and bad check complaint filed earlier this year.
Bateman said the 35-year-old Porter paid the amount and was released pending dismissal of the charge. A court date was not immediately set.
The prosecutor says Porter received several IOU markers from the Hard Rock in June.
Porter played 13 seasons for the Pittsburgh Steelers, Miami Dolphins and Arizona Cardinals before retiring in July.
His arrest was first reported by the Las Vegas Review-Journal.
Browns place WR Massaquoi on IR
BEREA, Ohio – The Cleveland Browns placed wide receiver Mohamed Massaquoi on injured reserve and elevated quarterback Thad Lewis from the practice squad to the active roster.
Massaquoi started five games this season, possibly his last with Cleveland. His contract expires in March and the former second-round pick (No. 50 overall in 2009) may not be part of the team’s future plans. He finished with 17 catches for 245 yards this season. He’s made 118 catches for 1,736 yards and seven touchdowns with Cleveland.
Massaquoi did not play Sunday in Denver because of a knee injury.
Although Browns Coach Pat Shurmur has not ruled out starting rookie quarterback Brandon Weeden from this week’s game in Pittsburgh with a right shoulder sprain, the club promoted Lewis, who could be Colt McCoy’s backup if Weeden sits for the finale.
Bengals acquire Sanzenbacher on waivers from Bears
CINCINNATI – The Cincinnati Bengals acquired wide receiver Dane Sanzenbacher on waivers from the Chicago Bears and placed first-round draft pick Dre Kirkpatrick on injured reserve.
Sanzenbacher was released this week by the Bears and was picked up Tuesday by the Bengals. He played in five games with one catch for 7 yards this season.
Kirkpatrick, the 17th overall selection in the 2012 draft, has been sidelined with a knee injury. He played in five games this season, with two tackles on defense and two on special teams.
Auburn hires Melvin Smith as cornerbacks coach
AUBURN, Ala. – Auburn hired longtime Southeastern Conference assistant Melvin Smith as cornerbacks coach.
Gus Malzahn announced the hiring yesterday of Smith, who spent the past seven seasons coaching cornerbacks and the secondary at Mississippi State.
Malzahn said Smith “is an outstanding secondary coach and is one of the top recruiters in the Southeastern Conference.”
Smith has spent 18 of his 31 years in coaching working at SEC schools. He coached Johnthan Banks, the 2012 Jim Thorpe Award winner.
The Bulldogs’ defense led the SEC with 30 forced turnovers this season.
Smith has worked previously with co-defensive coordinators Ellis Johnson and Charlie Harbison and offensive line coach J.B. Grimes.
Smith’s college coaching stops have included Texas A&M, Alabama, Mississippi and Delta State.
Kings reinstate Cousins
SACRAMENTO, Calif. – The Sacramento Kings reinstated center DeMarcus Cousins after a one-game suspension for “unprofessional behavior and conduct detrimental to the team.”
Cousins practiced with the Kings on Monday. Cousins and Kings Coach Keith Smart exchanged words in the locker room during halftime of Sacramento’s loss at the Los Angeles Clippers on Friday night. Smart benched Cousins for the entire second half and ordered him to remain in the locker room.
The 22-year-old Cousins has been suspended two other times by the NBA this season because of his conduct.
He was not with Sacramento during the team’s 108-96 home win against Portland on Sunday night. Cousins is averaging a team-high 16.6 points and 9.5 rebounds.
Former Texas Rangers owner Brad Corbett dies at 75
HOUSTON – Brad Corbett, who owned the Texas Rangers from 1974 to 1980 and had six managers in six years, has died. He was 75.
Corbett’s daughter, Pamela Corbett Murrin, told the Associated Press that her father died peacefully in his sleep on Monday. She said he had not been sick recently.
The Rangers said in a statement they were “saddened” to hear of Corbett’s death.
The team’s website said Corbett was directly involved in decision making, including player transactions. The Rangers had three pitchers during his tenure, Ferguson Jenkins, Gaylord Perry and Bert Blyleven. All three were elected to the Hall of Fame. As owner, Corbett traded all three.
Corbett also was part-owner of a Fort Worth company that sold PVC piping to the oil and gas industry.