National briefs: Hand bruised, Michael Vick backs off ref-bashing

September 27, 2011


— Michael Vick went home with a broken hand and woke up with only a bad bruise.

Now that’s a testament to the miracle of modern medicine. Well, not exactly.

Eagles coach Andy Reid said a CT scan Monday showed the star quarterback has a hand “contusion.” Reid said X-rays taken during Philadelphia’s 29-16 loss to the New York Giants on Sunday showed Vick may have a fracture.

“Today, he had a scan and it showed there was no break,” Reid said. “It was a blood vessel sitting above the bone. That happens at times with X-rays. The blood vessel makes it look like it was a fracture. There is still a bunch of swelling. It is sensitive to the touch. The positive is there is not a fracture there.”

It’s uncertain if Vick, who throws left-handed, will play when the Eagles (1-2) host the San Francisco 49ers (2-1) next Sunday.

Meanwhile, Vick says he won’t complain about not getting calls anymore.

Vick blasted officials Sunday, saying he takes too many late hits without getting the benefit of roughing-the-passer penalties.

“The refs have to do their jobs and they have tons of things to look over,” Vick said Monday. “I was kind of out of character and being too candid in that aspect. Ultimately, I have respect for the referees and their decision to make calls. You won’t hear me complaining about it no more.”


Manning might return

Indianapolis — Peyton Manning is still on Indianapolis’ active roster and could return this season.

Team officials said that part hasn’t changed. His role will change.

On Monday, Colts owner Jim Irsay used Twitter to clarify comments he reportedly made during a private breakfast with Super Bowl donors, comments that indicated Indy’s franchise quarterback would miss the rest of this season.

“I didn’t say Peyton out 4season FOR SURE,keeping him on ActiveRoster n taking it month by month/Outside chance of return n December possible,” Irsay wrote.

Indy’s final regular-season game is Jan. 1.

Titans’ Britt finished

Nashville, Tenn. — Matt Hasselbeck thinks Kenny Britt might be the best player on the Tennessee roster. Now the quarterback and the rest of the Titans must see if they can keep winning without Britt the rest of this season.

Coach Mike Munchak announced Monday that Britt tore both the ACL and MCL in his right knee and will need season-ending surgery once the swelling subsides.


UConn would join ACC

Hartford, Conn. — Connecticut’s governor confirmed on Monday that the University of Connecticut is interested in becoming part of the Atlantic Coast Conference should that league expand to 16 teams.

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy, speaking to reporters outside his Capitol office, said he no longer expects the ACC to act quickly after adding Pittsburgh and Syracuse from the Big East earlier this month.

Malloy said if Notre Dame isn’t interested the ACC must decide if there is any compelling reason to expand again.


Neinas, Dodds to advise

Interim Big 12 Commissioner Chuck Neinas and Texas athletic director DeLoss Dodds will be among the current college administrators serving as advisers in a new venture by a sports consulting firm designed to provide one-stop shopping for athletic programs looking for guidance.

JMI Sports LLC has started the JMI Sports College Division, which will provide universities assistance with everything from finding a new coach to finding a new conference, from dealing with NCAA issues to building a new stadium.

JMI Sports is a San Diego-based firm that assists professional and college teams expand or build sports venues.


Guillen, White Sox part

Chicago — White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen was released from his contract Monday night to pursue other opportunities.

Guillen met with owner Jerry Reinsdorf for about 30 minutes earlier in the day. Guillen said he told Reinsdorf he would like to return, but only for a contract extension for more money. He had one year remaining on his current deal.

“We certainly cannot thank Ozzie enough for all he has done during his eight seasons as manager of the Chicago White Sox, highlighted by an unforgettable 2005 World Series championship,” Reinsdorf said in a release issued by the team following its 4-3 victory over the Toronto Blue Jays.

The White Sox said in the release they retain the right to compensation should Guillen accept a managerial position with another major-league team for the 2012 season. Guillen, who had a 678-617 record with the White Sox, will not be in uniform for the remaining two games this year.

The Florida Marlins talked to Chicago last year about acquiring the colorful Guillen, but the deal never materialized. They could bring him in now to lead the club into a new ballpark next season.

Marlins’ McKeon to retire

Miami — Florida Marlins manager Jack McKeon says he’ll retire after the season, ending at age 80 a three-month career comeback.

He’s already plotting his next return.

The retirement announcement had been anticipated, and McKeon made it Monday before the team’s final series of the year. He’s the second-oldest manager in major-league history, and he joked he hopes to come back in a few years to surpass Connie Mack, who managed the Philadelphia Athletics until age 87.


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