NFL: Eagles bracing for more changes amid losing streak

By Arnie Stapleton

Associated Press

Published: Monday, Oct. 29 2012 10:53 p.m. MDT

Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning (18) throws against the New Orleans Saints in the first quarter of an NFL football game, Sunday, Oct. 28, 2012, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

Associated Press

PHILADELPHIA — Michael Vick was defeated on the field, and looked beaten on the podium, all but resigned to the fact that his games as the Eagles' starting quarterback are numbered.

LeSean McCoy, as dogged a player as any on the Eagles, stood at his locker and asked where the team left its pride, its heart.

And coach Andy Reid even tossed out "embarrassing" as the word of the day for Philadelphia's 30-17 loss to Atlanta on Sunday.

Was it really eight years ago when Reid and the Eagles beat the Falcons in the NFC title game in front of a stadium stuffed with euphoric fans and not ones chanting "Fire Andy!" during the worst loss of the season?

This latest loss was as bleak as it gets for the Eagles, and Reid is running out of time to salvage the season — and his job. Owner Jeffrey Lurie put Reid on notice following an 8-8 season last year that he had to win big for a 15th season. Reid knows if the Eagles continue to spiral from a 3-4 start toward a double-digit loss total, Lurie is prepared to make sweeping changes from his coach down to his quarterback.

Reid might beat him to the punch with the quarterback.

Reid has every reason to give the turnover-prone Vick the hook and start preseason star Nick Foles when the Eagles play Monday night at New Orleans. That would be a hard swallow for Reid only a year after the Eagles gave Vick a $100 million, six-year deal (although only about $40 million was guaranteed). Reid refused to comment on Vick's status after the game.

BRONCOS' MANNING NOT INJURED, BUT MAYS IS: The Denver Broncos are relieved quarterback Peyton Manning wasn't seriously injured on a hard hit by New Orleans Saints defensive end Martez Wilson.

The Broncos are expected to have the NFL look at the play from Sunday night's game in which Manning banged his right thumb on Wilson's helmet just before the crown of that helmet hit the quarterback in the chin.

Although no flag was thrown, it was similar to the illegal hit that cost Broncos linebacker Joe Mays a $50,000 fine and a one-game suspension last month for blasting Houston Texans quarterback Matt Schaub.

Manning acknowledged he was "probably a little bit lucky" that he banged the thumbnail and not the knuckle of his throwing hand on Wilson's helmet.

Coach John Fox said Monday that Manning's thumb was fine.

Speaking of Mays, though, he is out for the season after suffering a serious injury to his lower left leg in the Broncos' 34-14 win over the Saints. Mays fractured the fibula just above his left ankle while blocking for punt returner Trindon Holliday in the fourth quarter Sunday night when a Saints player inadvertently leg-whipped him, and he had to be helped off the field.

CHIEFS' QUINN COULD HAVE CONCUSSION: Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Brady Quinn is being evaluated for a possible concussion and his status for Thursday night's game at San Diego remains uncertain.

Coach Romeo Crennel said Monday that Quinn will start against the Chargers if he's cleared to play. Otherwise, Matt Cassel will be back under center for the Chiefs.

Quinn was hurt in the first quarter of Sunday's 26-16 loss to the Oakland Raiders, though it's unclear when the injury occurred. He was sacked by Rolando McClain late in the first quarter and then took another shot while floating a pass that was picked off by Matt Giordano.

COLTS' AILING COACH VISITS TEAM: Indianapolis Colts head coach Chuck Pagano made it back to the team complex for a short staff meeting Monday.

It's the first time Pagano has been back since being diagnosed with a form of leukemia Sept. 26.

Interim coach and offensive coordinator Bruce Arians says he listened to the discussion after doctors cleared Pagano, whose white blood-cell count has increased as he has undergone treatment for the illness. He's scheduled to start a second round of chemotherapy next week.

Arians says the surprise visit gave the team a boost and notes Pagano went home when he became tired.

NFL MOVES TRADE DEADLINE TO THURSDAY: The NFL has moved its trade deadline back two days to Thursday because of potential complications from Hurricane Sandy.

All 32 teams were notified Monday that the league's offices would be closed through Tuesday because of the storm. So the deadline now is 4 p.m. ET on Thursday, when waivers for vested veterans also begin.

This is the second time the trade deadline has been moved this year. After negotiations with the players' union, the deadline was switched from after games of Week 6 to Oct. 30, after games of Week 8.

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