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When the Philadelphia Eagles kick off Sunday against the Oakland Raiders, Nick Foles will be their starting quarterback.

Eagles coach Chip Kelly announced Wednesday that rookie Matt Barkley would back up Foles this week.

Foles returned to practice Tuesday and looked good, Kelly said. Foles was medically cleared Monday after he suffered a concussion in a loss to the Dallas Cowboys on Oct. 20.

"Nick did really well," Kelly said. "I know he was cleared, but we needed to see him. I was really happy with how Nick practiced yesterday."

Quarterback Michael Vick did not practice after aggravating an injured left hamstring in Sunday's loss to the New York Giants, and he will not play against Oakland on Sunday. Vick left the game in the second quarter.

Kelly would not commit to Foles as the starter beyond this week.

--The Cincinnati Bengals' secondary took another hit when safety Taylor Mays was placed on season-ending injured reserve because of a dislocated shoulder.

Cornerback Leon Hall also is out for the remainder of the season. He suffered an Achilles tear the previous week.

Also missing from Bengals practices this week were defensive tackle Devon Still and linebacker Ray Maualuga, who is unlikely to play in Thursday night's game against the Miami Dolphins because of a knee injury and concussion.

--The Baltimore Ravens cut two veterans, safety Michael Huff and defensive end Marcus Spears, and promoted safeties Omar Brown and Brynden Trawick from their practice squad.

Huff, 30, signed a three-year, $6 million contract with the Ravens in 2013 after seven seasons with the Oakland Raiders, but he was removed as a starter after the opener. He totaled six tackles in seven games.

Spears, 30, came to the Ravens this year after eight seasons with the Dallas Cowboys, signing a two-year, $2.75 million contract that included $600,000 in guaranteed money. Like Huff, Spears also made one start this season. He had 10 tackles in five games.

--The Seattle Seahawks placed wide receiver Sidney Rice on injured reserve and signed wide receiver Ricardo Lockette from the practice squad to the active roster, the team announced.

The Seahawks also added wide receiver Josh Lenz to the practice squad.

Rice will miss the remainder of the season after he suffered a torn ACL in Monday night's 14-9 win over the St. Louis Rams.

--If defensive lineman Jared Allen harbors any ill will toward the Minnesota Vikings about being the subject of trade talks as Tuesday's deadline approached, he is keeping his thoughts to himself.

Allen, 31, said Wednesday that he is happy to be with the Vikings after potential deals failed to materialize involving the five-time Pro Bowl selection. He will be a free agent after this season.

"As a matter of fact, I take it as a sign of respect that they still think I have value," Allen said. "But I'm excited to be a Viking. I really am. I'm excited to try to right this ship, and I'm all in."

--Rolando McClain walked away from the NFL at age 23 in May because of fears that his life was headed down a destructive path.

In an ESPN The Magazine story available in print on Friday, McClain said he saw himself on a self-destructive course similar to former NFL players Aaron Hernandez and Jovan Belcher.

A former No. 1 draft pick by the Raiders, McClain signed with the Ravens in the offseason but left the team less than a month later. At that point, he recognized that his life was spinning out of control.

--Unable to sway Washington Redskins owner Daniel Snyder to change his team's nickname, representatives of the Oneida Indian Nation called upon the NFL to sanction Snyder and the team for its continued used of a nickname and team mascot that "promote a dictionary-defined racial slur," according to ESPN.com.

However, after a 90-minute meeting, Oneida officials did not appear to seem optimistic of any forthcoming change after meeting with three senior NFL officials, but not commissioner Roger Goodell, who was traveling and unable to attend the meeting.

"(The NFL officials) defended the use of a racist name," Oneida spokesman Joel Barkin said.
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