NFL roundup: Foles lands Eagles' QB job; Rodgers doubtul for Thursday

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One team confirmed its quarterback plan Tuesday, while another keeps waiting for its starting quarterback to return.
Philadelphia coach Chip Kelly announced that Nick Foles would start for the Eagles the rest of the 2013 season.
Meanwhile, Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers took part in position drills, but coach Mike McCarthy said Rodgers is unlikely to play Thursday against the Detroit Lions.
Foles will start Sunday against the Arizona Cardinals (7-4) in a game that could have playoff implications.
Kelly, speaking Tuesday as the Eagles (6-4) returned from their bye week trailing the Dallas Cowboys by one-half game in the NFC East, said veteran Michael Vick is preparing as a professional and wants to do "anything he can" to help the team as a No. 2 quarterback.
Kelly said Vick knew and understood the direction the team is taking with a three-game winning streak entering Week 13.
"He's been a great leader and will be our No. 2 this week," Kelly said.
In Green Bay, McCarthy said the chances of Rodgers playing Thursday were "slim to none."
Matt Flynn took the starter reps in practice, but McCarthy did not name him the starter. Flynn replaced Scott Tolzien in the third quarter last week with the Packers trailing 20-7 and helped Green Bay force a tie. The last time he started a game for the Packers, Flynn passed for 480 yards and six touchdowns on Jan. 1, 2012 -- against Detroit.

--The NFL denied an appeal from Tennessee Titans safety Michael Griffin, upholding his one-game suspension as a repeat violator of NFL safety rules prohibiting hits to the head and neck area of defenseless players.
The suspension without pay will cost Griffin $205,882.35, which is one-seventeenth of his $3.5 million base salary. Griffin cannot practice this week nor play in the Titans' game this Sunday against the Indianapolis Colts.
Also Tuesday, the Titans agreed to terms with former Pro Bowl returner Leon Washington and waived wide receiver Devon Wylie and center Kevin Matthews.

--San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Michael Crabtree was activated from the physically unable to perform list, the team announced.
Crabtree was sidelined due to a torn Achilles. He was injured during a spring practice and had surgery in May. To make room for Crabtree on the roster, the 49ers waived quarterback McLeod Bethel-Thompson.

--New York Giants starting center Jim Cordle was placed on season-ending injured reserve due to a partially torn patellar tendon, which he suffered Sunday in a loss to the Dallas Cowboys, the team announced.
Cordle's place on the roster was taken by Stephen Goodin, who spent the entire season on the Giants' practice squad.

--The Seattle Seahawks signed cornerback Perrish Cox shortly after Walter Thurmond officially dropped his appeal of a four-game suspension for violating the league's substance-abuse policy.
Thurmond will be eligible to return for the regular-season finale against the St. Louis Rams and the postseason.

--Miami Dolphins center Mike Pouncey returned to practice Tuesday after missing the last two games due to illness.
The Dolphins also made roster moves Tuesday. Miami signed defensive tackle A.J. Francis off of the New England Patriots' practice squad and released defensive tackle Isaako Aaitui and defensive back D.J. Campbell. Francis was with the Dolphins in training camp but went to New England on waivers.

--The Cleveland Browns signed quarterback Alex Tanney off the Dallas Cowboys' practice squad, the team announced.
Tanney, 26, will be on the active roster and will likely serve as Brandon Weeden's backup Sunday when the Browns host the Jacksonville Jaguars. Weeden is expected to start in place of Jason Campbell, who suffered a concussion in Sunday's 27-11 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers.

--The Dallas Cowboys signed defensive end/linebacker Martez Wilson to their active roster Tuesday, hoping he can give them another pass-rushing threat.
Wilson received a two-year contract. The Cowboys plan to play him at defensive end.
To make room for Wilson, the Cowboys cut defensive tackle Everett Dawkins, who was signed on Nov. 16 and appeared in one game with one tackle.

--Pittsburgh Steelers cornerback Curtis Brown was placed on the injured reserve due to a knee injury.
The Steelers promoted cornerback Isaiah Green from the practice squad. He was active for five games this season.

--Denver Broncos defensive tackle Kevin Vickerson could miss four to six weeks with a dislocated hip.
Terrance Knighton, Mitch Unrein and rookie Sylvester Williams will all see more playing time in Vickerson's absence.

--With tight end Michael Hoomanawanui nursing a knee injury, the New England Patriots shored up the position, signing free agent tight end D.J. Williams. In seven games (one start) for the Jaguars this season, Williams had no receptions.
The Patriots also waived defensive tackle Marcus Forston, who had three tackles in three games. New England cut defensive back Justin Green, who appeared on eight plays Sunday against the Denver Broncos in his NFL debut.

--The Indianapolis Colts elevated inside linebacker Josh McNary from the practice squad to the active roster, the team announced Tuesday.

--Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler wants to remain with the team, and he wouldn't resist the franchise designation in 2014 if that leads to his return.
In the final season of the quarterback's contract, Cutler and the Bears shelved extension talks before training camp.
"If they want to franchise me, I'm gonna feel good about the situation we're in," Cutler said on ESPN Radio.

--The push to relocate the Buffalo Bills to Toronto may still be alive with a famous figurehead, Jon Bon Jovi, being part of a group that intends to bring an NFL team to the city, the National Post in Canada reported.
The Bills signed a 10-year lease in 2012 to keep playing at Ralph Wilson Stadium. The franchise would have to pay $400 million if it decides to leave before 2020.