'Dream Team' loses Vick, Maclin

Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Michael Vick throws a pass while playing against the Arizona...

Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Michael Vick throws a pass while playing against the Arizona Cardinals during the first quarter of their NFL football game in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, November 13, 2011. REUTERS/Tim Shaffer

RYAN WOLSTAT, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 11:10 AM ET

The Philadelphia Eagles’ season from hell continues.

Star quarterback Michael Vick and wide receiver Jeremy Maclin were moved from questionable to out on Saturday by the club.

Anything but a win for the 3-6 Eagles against the New York Giants likely eliminates them from even a faint sniff of playoff contention.

Vick broke two ribs in Sunday’s loss to Arizona and was unable to practise this week. He stayed in the game, but was even more ineffective than he has been all season.

The man who anointed star-laden Philadelphia as a “Dream Team” before the season began — Vince Young — will get his first start under centre for the club in Vick’s absence.

Young has a solid win-loss record as an NFLer (30-17) but has never lived up to expectations. He’s still — pardon the pun — young, but this is an opportunity to re-establish himself, which would help his chances of gaining employment down the line.

Riley Cooper should see more throws in the absence of Maclin, who is battling shoulder and hamstring issues.

Vick and Maclin will stay behind in Philadelphia.

The Giants, 6-3, will get a chance to drop the curtains on a player in Young and a division rival that had a lot to say earlier this year.

Instead of everybody’s trendy pick to walk away with the NFC East, without any hype, the Giants top the division, a game better than the 5-4 Cowboys.

How sweet it likely will be for Eli Manning — who only ever seems to win big games — to shut up the underachieving Eagles until next summer.

An unexpected win by Philadelphia would go at least a little ways towards helping the squad avoid the title of most underachieving NFL team this decade.

SHOCKEY OUT

Cam Newton needs all the weapons he can get, but he won’t have Jeremy Shockey to throw to against the Lions.

The tight end will not play in Detroit due to a rib injury.

Greg Olsen will benefit from Shockey’s absence.

Meanwhile, Panthers linebacker Dan Connor, absent from practice this week, at least went to Detroit with the team. His status is uncertain.

FISH TURN TO GRAHAM

Miami will have a new kicker against Buffalo on Sunday.

Dan Carpenter is out with a strained groin, which forced the Fish to ink veteran Shayne Graham to a contract.

Carpenter only suffered the injury late this week, but luckily for the team, Graham was available.

He played eight games split between New England and the Giants last season and has made 208-of-242 career field goal tries.

QUICK HITS

It still appears that Baltimore Ravens star linebacker Ray Lewis’ streak of 57 consecutive starts is in jeopardy. He likely will be unable to go against Cincinnati due to a toe injury that forced him out of practice this week. Given Lewis’ pain threshold, the Ravens weren’t willing to say he would be out for sure, but it is extremely unlikely he plays. Head coach John Harbaugh illustrated just how tough Lewis is when he told reporters: “Ray has had shoulders dislocated and he’s done 35 push-ups on the sidelines to prove that he can go. He’s had hamstrings that have torn off the bone because he went ahead when he should have been gone” ... Tennessee tight end Dave Ball said he thought about retiring after suffering a concussion two weeks ago against Cincinnati. Ball practised on Friday, but won’t play against Atlanta thanks to his third concussion over the past two seasons ... Buffalo might not have starting safety George Wilson (neck) against Miami. He didn’t practise this week. David Nelson is probable, while left tackle Demetrius Bell and linebacker Spencer Johnson are questionable ... Raiders defensive tackle Richard Seymour is questionable for Sunday’s game against Minnesota ... The NFL fined six players involved in the Detroit-Chicago scrap last week a combined $62,500 US. Bears cornerback D.J. Moore lost $15,000 and Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford $7,500 to lead the way ... Redskins linebacker Ryan Kerrigan escaped punishment for a personal foul against Miami on Sunday that Washington head coach Mike Shanahan said should not have been called. “Sometimes these guys make mistakes,” Shanahan told the Washington Post.


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