Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Michael Vick, hobbled by a pulled left hamstring, will not play Sunday, an NFL source told ESPN.com.

Eagles coach Chip Kelly suggested last week that Vick might be a game-time decision, but it will be Nick Foles starting against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

That might not be the worst thing for the Eagles. Foles, in his second season, has made only six starts, but one of his best games was against the Buccaneers late last season.

"He got on the field," former Buccaneers defensive back Ronde Barber recalled, "and I was shocked."

Foles completed 32 of 51 passes for 381 yards and two touchdowns, rallying the Eagles to a 23-21 victory by throwing the winning pass to Jeremy Maclin as time expired.

"For me, it was my first one," Foles said of the rare victory. "My first and only one. It felt really good to win the game like that."

"He had to be the guy who threw 381 yards," said Barber, who will be in the broadcast booth for Fox, "and he was the guy who threw for 381 yards."

Vikings: The team won't know for sure until Sunday morning, but as of Saturday afternoon, running back Adrian Peterson was still planning to play, a source told the Minnesota Star-Tribune.

Peterson told reporters Friday before he learned of the death of his 2-year-old son that he intended to play Sunday against Carolina "without a doubt." A few hours later it was revealed that Peterson's son had died from injuries sustained in an assault that police say was committed by the boyfriend of the child's mother.


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After practice Friday, when asked about his mindset, Peterson said, "You know, football is something I will always fall back on. It gets me through tough times.

"Just being around the guys in here, that's what I need in my life, guys supporting me and just being able to go out and play this game I love. Things that I go through, I've said a thousand times, it helps me play this game to a different level. I'm able to kind of release a lot of my stress through this sport, so that's what I plan on doing."

Chargers: San Diego was spared the embarrassment of a local TV blackout of Monday night's game against the Indianapolis Colts after ESPN and some local sponsors guaranteed the purchase of approximately 8,500 tickets. ESPN says it will give a portion of the tickets to military and charitable organizations.

The Chargers had received a 24-hour extension from the NFL before announcing Saturday that a sellout was guaranteed.

The Chargers had four blackouts last season.

Buccaneers: Rookie cornerback Johnthan Banks, the third Tampa Bay player diagnosed with MRSA, has been cleared to play against the Eagles.

MRSA is a staph infection that is resistant to many common antibiotics. On the team's injury report Friday, Banks and guard Carl Nicks, who along with kicker Lawrence Tynes was diagnosed as having MRSA in August, were listed as questionable.

In a joint statement, the NFL and NFL Players Association said it "agrees with the team medical staff that Mr. Banks does not pose a risk of transmission to other players."

Packers: If linebacker Clay Matthews were to try to play with the broken right thumb he suffered against the Detroit Lions last week -- even after having surgery Monday to stabilize the fracture -- the odds of him permanently losing grip strength would be relatively high.

Three orthopedic surgeons who specialize in hand injuries all said that the type of break Matthews suffered -- known as a Bennett's fracture -- requires immediate immobilization and the prospects for long-term damage are high if the bones don't heal exactly right.

"The reason to get it to heal right is for 10, 15 years down the road so the person has a functional thumb that isn't in a painful arthritic state," said Barry Callahan, an orthopedic hand specialist at the James Andrews Institute. "To be able to pinch buttons and put your pants on, snaps, you name it."

Matthews is expected to be out three to four weeks.

Browns: Quarterback Brian Hoyer was placed on injured reserve with a torn knee ligament, officially ending his season.

The Associated Press and the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel contributed to this report.