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NFL notebook: Eagles QB Vick leaves game against Giants

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Michael Vick plopped himself on the bench, a towel on his head.

He was about as mobile watching from the sideline as he was under center, his hamstring acting up again.

“I’ve never had a hamstring injury this bad,” he said.

Vick’s first pulled hamstring against the Giants cost him two weeks. This time, he lost most of the game.

Wearing the same forlorn expression as 65,000 Philadelphia Eagles fans, all a helpless Vick could do was watch.

Vick and Matt Barkley combined for another miserable outing, and the once-dynamic Philadelphia offense was held without a touchdown for the second straight game. The Giants beat host Philadelphia 15-7 on Sunday.

The Eagles lost for the 10th straight time at Lincoln Financial Field since a win over the Giants on Sept. 30, 2012.

“I don’t care if it’s home, away, I just want to win,” running back LeSean McCoy said. “I’m more disappointed in losing to them today than keeping that streak alive.”

The Eagles (3-5) aren’t home again until Nov. 17, plenty of time for that losing streak to hang over the Linc.

But the more pressing concern is, who starts at quarterback next week at Oakland?

Vick, the NFL’s career QB rushing leader, tested the hamstring last week in practice and insisted he was ready to play. Coach Chip Kelly gave Vick the bulk of the first-team snaps instead of Barkley, perhaps a mistake with no guarantees Vick could stay healthy.

From the start, Vick never had it going.

He threw an interception on Philadelphia’s first drive of the game, fumbled on the second, then came up lame on a sideline run.

Vick rode the stationary bike between drives in the second quarter, and conferred with QB coach Bill Lazor and Kelly. Much like the bike ride, the Eagles’ offense was on the road to nowhere.

“I felt good going in,” Vick said. “I felt like I did everything I was supposed to do to reassure myself I could go out and play. But there’s just nothing like being in the moment and having to move and having to react. When I did that, that’s when I pulled it again. I felt the pop.”

Injury report

Cincinnati Bengals middle linebacker Rey Maualuga hurt his left knee and was taken off the field on a cart during the second quarter of a game against the New York Jets. Maualuga got his left leg twisted beneath him in a pileup while trying to make a tackle with 4:01 left in the first half. … Jacksonville Jaguars offensive lineman Will Rackley left a game against the San Francisco 49ers with a head injury. Rackley, who was hit in the head late in the second quarter, was ruled out for the remainder of the game at Wembley Stadium in London because of the injury. … New York Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz left a game against Philadelphia and needed X-rays on his neck. Cruz left in the third quarter with New York leading the Eagles 12-0. Cruz had five catches for 64 yards. He appeared to be hurt when he was slammed to the ground after a catch.


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