Michael Vick returned to practice on Thursday, helmet and all. And that has some thinking the Eagles quarterback is a sure thing to start Sunday against the Giants. The fact that he practiced fully would also indicate that he passed a baseline concussion test by an independent medical practitioner. Vick was apparently symptom-free on Tuesday morning, so it’s hard to imagine him not being able to suit up against New York. Still, crazier things have happened, especially when we’re dealing with head injuries.

In other injury news…

  • Things continue to get worse for the Giants, who have already lost nine players for the season and are wondering if Mario Manningham will be able to play Sunday against Vick’s Eagles. Manningham sat out today’s practice due to a concussion suffered Monday night against St. Louis.
  • Jon Kitna fully expects Tony Romo to play. Romo still hasn’t practiced this week because of a fractured rib and collapsed lung (wimp), but he’s got an extra day to prepare for the Redskins on Monday Night Football.
  • And in other Dallas injury news, Dez Bryant, Felix Jones and Miles Austin still aren’t practicing either. Jones has a good chance to play, but things aren’t looking good for Romo’s top two wideouts. This could be a gift for the Redskins.
  • Arian Foster continues to be a mystery. He practiced in limited fashion on Thursday, still trying to get back from a hamstring injury. Ben Tate fantasy owners might have one more solid week.
  • This oughta scare the hell out of Vikings fans: Percy Harvin missed practice because of an illness. “Illness” was the word the team used to explain Harvin’s migraine-related missed practices in 2009 and 2010, but the team insists this has no connection to the migraines that have plagued the receiver’s career.
  • Things are improving in Denver, where Elvis Dumervil and Brandon Lloyd are back at practice. But Kenny Britt can rejoice because it looks like Champ Bailey will be out for the second straight week.
  • While there’s a good chance the Patriots will be shorthanded in Buffalo without the services of Aaron Hernandez, the Bills will likely be at full speed with Stevie Johnson recovering and practicing. (But wait, maybe we shouldn’t rule out Hernandez just yet!)
  • Elsewhere in the AFC East: Despite an injury that usually keeps players out for weeks or even months, Nick Mangold continues to insist that he can play Sunday in Oakland.