Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Nick Foles, a former Wildcat, throws under pressure from New England Patriots defensive end Jake Bequette. Foles threw for 217 yards.


FOXBOROUGH, Mass. - With starting Philadelphia quarterback Michael Vick sidelined in the first quarter, former UA quarterback Nick Foles stepped in to lead the Eagles to a 27-17 preseason victory over the New England Patriots on Monday night.

A third-round draft pick, Foles came in and finished 18 for 28 for 217 yards and touchdown passes to Clay Harbor of 1 and 3 yards.

It was the second straight preseason game in which Foles threw two touchdown passes.

Vick was leveled after throwing a long pass in the first quarter and underwent X-rays for the second straight game - negative again.

Vick had X-rays on his ribs after being knocked down by linebacker Jermaine Cunningham. Eleven days earlier, in a 24-23 win over the Pittsburgh Steelers, he had X-rays on his left thumb after hitting it on the helmet of center Jason Kelce. Vick took part in only six plays in each game.

Tom Brady sat out the game for the Patriots. The New England quarterback figures to play Friday night in the team's third preseason game, at the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Cards seek a tackle

FLAGSTAFF - The Arizona Cardinals have a big void to fill, in more ways than one, with the loss of Levi Brown to an injury that almost certainly will sideline the starting left tackle for the season.

D.J. Young, a second-year pro who spent most of last season on the Arizona practice squad, will get the start Thursday night at Tennessee. Well-traveled D'Anthony Batiste will start at right tackle but will get some playing time at the left spot, as well. And the Cardinals could turn to Jeremy Bridges, who has also played left tackle.

Meanwhile, expect the Cardinals to be watching closely for other candidates once teams begin making roster cuts.

Seau autopsy released

SAN DIEGO - Junior Seau had no alcohol or illegal drugs in his system when he shot himself in the chest at his home in May.

The San Diego County medical examiner's office on Monday released the full autopsy results for the 43-year-old former NFL linebacker, saying he used a .357-caliber unregistered revolver to kill himself.

The 16-page report said Seau did have Zolpidem, used to treat insomnia, and traces of Naproxen, a common drug used to relieve pain and stiffness caused by osteoarthritis, in his system when he died.

The autopsy said Seau's brain didn't appear to have any trauma. His family has donated some of his brain tissue for research.

Extra points

• The Tennessee Titans aren't waiting any longer: Jake Locker is their starting quarterback. Titans coach Mike Munchak said Monday that Locker will start this season over veteran Matt Hasselbeck, choosing to go with the passer Tennessee hopes to build around after drafting Locker out of Washington in April 2011.

• New York Giants receiver Hakeem Nicks practiced for basically the first time since the Super Bowl champions opened training camp in late July. Nicks (broken right foot) was taken off the physically unable to perform list last week and was very limited until Monday's practice.

• The Denver Broncos' beleaguered defense got a boost Monday with the return of safety Quinton Carter, cornerback Tracy Porter and rookie linebacker Danny Trevathan. Trevathan (ankle) had been out since Aug. 9, Porter (illness) since Aug. 14 and Carter since July 27, when he popped his right hamstring, which led doctors to discover he needed arthroscopic surgery on his left knee.

• New Orleans Saints general manager Mickey Loomis says the club has traded an undisclosed draft choice to Seattle for veteran linebacker Barrett Ruud. The acquisition of Ruud, who is heading into his eighth NFL season, comes on the heels of injuries to three of the Saints' top linebackers.

Saints starting middle linebacker Curtis Lofton has a high ankle sprain and starting weak side linebacker David Hawthorne underwent arthroscopic surgery on Monday to repair his meniscus, which he apparently tore during Friday's preseason game against Jacksonville. Also injured against Jacksonville was top reserve linebacker Chris Chamberlain, who is out for the season with a torn left knee ligament.