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Michael Vick will remain Eagles' starting QB

Michael Vick will remain the Eagles' starting quarterback. Coach Andy Reid announced the decision Wednesday, a day off for the team. Reid and Vick are not scheduled to address the media again until today.

Vick, a four-time Pro Bowl selection, has struggled this season, and Philadelphia (3-4) has lost three in a row and four of its last five.

Reid didn't endorse Vick after Sunday's 30-17 loss to Atlanta, saying he's going to evaluate all of his starters. Vick said he would support whatever decision Reid makes.

That led to speculation Vick's days were numbered. But Reid is sticking with Vick over unproven rookie Nick Foles as of now.

Dispute in players' suit

Thousands of former players are asking a federal judge to reject the NFL's attempt to dismiss their lawsuits about concussions. In a brief filed in U.S. District Court in Philadelphia, the players dispute the league's framing of the cases as a labor issue governed by collective bargaining agreements.

Among the players' arguments: Relevant CBAs did not address long-term brain injuries; the NFL committed fraud by concealing risks of repeated head trauma and the league has a common-law duty to protect players.

The brief says the NFL allowed football to "become the site of perhaps the gravest health crisis in the history of sports."

The NFL, which filed its motion to dismiss in August, said it did not intentionally mislead players and has tried to better protect their health.

Peyton's thumb OK

Peyton Manning's throws and handoffs at practice were unaffected by his thumb injury in his first action since smacking his throwing hand Sunday night on a Saints defender's helmet.

Broncos coach John Fox said he noticed no lingering effects. Manning said his right thumb was "sore, but it's more of an irritant than anything else."

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