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News From Around the NFL 9/28/11

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Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo was taking part in practice Wednesday at Valley Ranch, while five of his teammates sat out with injuries. Defensive end Jason Hatcher is out with a strained left calf, and is expected to miss Sunday’s contest against Detroit. Also likely out for Sunday is receiver Miles Austin, who’s still dealing with a strained hamstring. Kicker David Buehler was sidelined as well, along with offensive lineman Derrick Dockery, and cornerback Orlando Scandrick.

Scandrick and Williams were going through resistance training with an athletic trainer during practice.

Marcus Spears is expected to get the start in place of Hatcher.

“I’ve been doing this for a while,” said Spears, who has started 78 games in his career. “I don’t look at it as an opportunity. I look at it like I’m going out and playing like I’ve always done.”

Houston Texans running back Arian Foster returned to practice Wednesday after missing Sunday’s 40-33 loss at New Orleans. Foster is expected to start and be at full speed against the Steelers this weekend. Ben Tate is listed as the second back on the depth chart as Derrick Ward continues to be sidelined with a sprained ankle.

Linebacker Mario Williams (knee), Tight end Joel Dreessen (shoulder) and cornerback Kareem Jackson (knee) were all participated in practice after being injured against the Saints.

Elsewhere around the league, a badly bruised hand won’t keep Michael Vick off the field. Vick to part in the Eagles practice Wednesday and said there’s a “100 percent” chance he stars when the Philadelphia Eagles (1-2) host San Francisco (2-1) on Sunday.

The Eagles QB was initially diagnosed with a broken, non-throwing hand following the 29-16 loss to the division rival New York Giants. However, tests done Monday revealed it’s just a deep bone bruise.

Two-time Pro Bowl defensive end Osi Umenyiora practiced with the New York Giants for the first time since the regular season began. Umenyiora had arthroscopic knee surgery in early August and missed the first three games of the season. The 29-year-old has been working out with trainers for the past few weeks.

The Kansas City Chiefs have swapped tight ends, re-signing Jake O’Connell and releasing Anthony Becht. O’Connell was waived by the Chiefs on Sept. 16, when the team brought back Becht. He had been released after signing late in training camp to provide depth following a season-ending knee injury to starting tight end Tony Moeaki.

The Baltimore Ravens have placed cornerback Domonique Foxworth on injured reserve after he failed to sufficiently recover from a knee injury. Foxworth missed all of last season after hurting his right knee in training camp. He played two games this year but was inactive last week against St. Louis.

The Colts have placed linebacker Gary Brackett and safety Melvin Bullitt on injured reserve, ending the season for two of Indianapolis’ defensive starters. Brackett, the defensive captain, hurt his shoulder in the season-opener and missed the last two games. He has already had surgery. Bullitt, who missed most of last season with a shoulder injury, was re-injured in Week 2 and sat out last week. He is scheduled for surgery this week.

Cleveland rookie defensive tackle Phil Taylor has been fined $7,500 by the NFL for a hit on Miami quarterback Chad Henne on Sunday. Henne scrambled for six yards and hit the ground before he was struck by Taylor, who received a 15-yard personal foul for unnecessary roughness. Taylor will appeal the fine.

The San Diego Chargers have placed Bob Sanders on injured reserve with a knee injury, ending the season for the oft-injured strong safety. Sanders played in only two games with the Chargers before getting hurt. Coming into the season, he missed the equivalent of four full seasons due to injuries.

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Marc Serota, Getty Images

Tennessee defensive end Jason Jones says the NFL has fined him $15,000 for his hit on Denver quarterback Kyle Orton. Jones said Wednesday he will appeal, hoping to reduce the penalty. Jones was flagged for unnecessary roughness in last week’s 17-14 win over Denver when his face mask hit Horton in the head after hitting him.

Running back Adrian Peterson of the Vikings missed practice Wednesday with a sore calf muscle. Coach Leslie Frazier said the move was precautionary to give Peterson more time to recover after getting kicked in the calf during Sunday’s game against Detroit. Frazier said he expected Peterson to be fine by Thursday.

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