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Offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg said Thursday he remains optimistic that Michael Vick will be able to play Sunday night against the Giants despite two cracked ribs.

   But players said after practice that it was backup Vince Young who took all the first-team reps after Young and Mike Kafka split reps Wednesday. Vick has not practiced this week. He was injured early in last week's loss to the Cardinals.

   Young was released by the Titans prior to the start of the 2011 season and signed a one-year, $5 million contract with the Eagles, filling the roster spot vacated when Philadelphia traded Kevin Kolb to the Arizona Cardinals.

   "I'm definitely happy to be playing," Young said.

   Young has started 37 career regular-season games -- all with the Titans -- since entering the NFL in 2006. He has attempted one pass for the Eagles this season, and interception Week 6 at Washington.

   In addition to Vick, the Eagles were without wide receiver Jeremy Maclin, cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie and offensive lineman King Dunlap at Thursday's practice.

   --Eagles defensive coordinator Juan Castillo gave an empassioned defense of coach Andy Reid when Castillo was asked in a press conference setting whether Reid's future would be decided by Castillo's success or failure as defensive coordinator. Castillo said everyone in the building, players and coaches, are working long and hard to recover from a 3-6 start.

   "So it's not over yet, we're working our (tail) off -- excuse me -- the players are doing it, the coaches are doing it," he said.

   "And you talk about coach Reid. Let me tell you that man works 20, 21 hours a day, sometimes 22 hours a day, you know. And that's what we're all doing right now to try to get this thing going because you know what the fans don't like it, and the organization doesn't like where we're at, but more than anything we don't like where we're at, the players don't like where we're at."

   --49ers running back Frank Gore said his knee is a non-issue, pronouncing himself ready for Sunday's game against the Cardinals. Gore had an MRI on his hyperextended right knee but practiced Thursday. Gore had five straight 100-yard rushing games before he was injured against the Giants last week. Gore had six carries for zero yards.

   --Suspended Packers defensive tackle Johnny Jolly was sentenced to six years in prison on Thursday. Jolly was sentenced before Judge Denise Bradley for violating terms of his probation on a drug charge in October. That was his third drug-related arrest, including for codeine, and he was suspended by the NFL indefinitely in July 2010. Jolly, 28, started for the Packers in 2008 and '09. He was a sixth-round pick in 2006 from Texas A&M.

   --The Seahawks lost their second starting offensive lineman to a season-ending injury in a span of four days when right tackle James Carpenter suffered a torn ACL in Wednesday's practice. Carpenter, a first-round pick in April, left Wednesday's practice with the injury and an MRI later revealed the torn ligament. Now the Seahawks head to St. Louis without their entire starting right side of the offensive line. Right guard John Moffitt incurred a season-ending knee injury in Sunday's win over Baltimore. Moffitt and Carpenter were the Seahawks' top two draft picks in 2011.

   --Bills wide receiver Stevie Johnson (left shoulder) was back at practice but limited, and coach Chan Gailey isn't confident he'll start in Sunday's game at Miami. Slot receiver David Nelson (illness) missed his second straight day of practice, as did safety George Wilson (neck).

   --Giants starting left tackle William Beatty missed Thursday's practice with a back injury.

   --Raiders RB Darren McFadden said his foot injury has improved dramatically, but his status for Sunday's game at Minnesota remains uncertain.

   --Ravens wide receiver Lee Evans could return Sunday. He's missed the last two months with an ankle injury. Evans returned to practice last week and said he'll likely be a game-time decision against the Bengals.

   --Lions defensive end Kyle Vanden Bosch was fined $7,500 for a late hit on Bears RB Matt Forte last Sunday.

   --Bears wide receiver Earl Bennett was fined for the second straight week for wearing non-conforming orange cleats. Bennett was fined $10,000 after drawing a $5,000 for wearing the same shoes at Philadelphia the week before.

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