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Vick, Romo, Ryan get back to work - sort of

Associated Press / September 23, 2011

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Three star quarterbacks, who were injured in last weekend’s games, showed up for practice yesterday in different stages of repair.

The Eagles’ Michael Vick worked out yesterday, just four days after he suffered a concussion against the Falcons.

During the portion of practice open to the media, Vick was seen throwing passes to assistant coaches, jogging around with teammates and participating in all the drills that the other quarterbacks, Mike Kafka and Vince Young, participated in.

Vick’s participation indicates he’s been cleared by the independent neurologist, required under the league’s 2009 concussion policy for a player to “return to football activities.’’

The Cowboys’ Tony Romo (broken rib, torn lung) wore a jersey and shorts and moved gingerly while watching the other quarterbacks throw passes at practice.

When everyone stretched, he was slow to join them, then didn’t do anything that required bending or moving his arms. At the start of team drills, he stood with the backups, watching with his arms clasped behind his back. Jon Kitna worked with the first team and will start if Romo can’t.

“I fully expect him to play,’’ Kitna said.

Atlanta’s Matt Ryan, who is expected to play Sunday against Tampa Bay, was limited with a left knee injury for the second straight day of practice. He worked with the first-team offense, but backup Chris Redman also took snaps with the starters.

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