Vick to practice Wednesday: Three days ago, Michael Vick was expected to miss the next three to four weeks. Today, he’s expecting to start on Sunday against San Francisco. Chances are, you spent an early-round pick on Vick, which makes it tough to sit him. Just be aware that the Niners are one of the better defensive teams in the league and Philly’s offensive line hasn’t gotten any better since last week. Also keep in mind that Vick could be short one offensive weapon with Jeremy Maclin looking doubtful for Sunday.
Hernandez hoping to play Sunday: Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez is hoping his sprained knee is well enough to get back in the lineup. He was originally slated to miss 1-2 weeks and sat out last Sunday’s loss to Buffalo. If he is back on the field this week against the Raiders, it would have an impact on Rob Gronkowski’s numbers, but considering how explosive New England’s passing game has been through the first three weeks, the dropoff would seem to be minimal.
Hillis expected to play: After missing last week’s game with strep throat, all signs point toward Peyton Hillis being back on the field Sunday against Tennessee. Montario Hardesty was perfectly average last week, rushing for 67 yards on 14 carries in the win over Miami. The Titans have been pretty stingy when it comes to allowing rushing yards — they’re averaging just 89.0 yards per game given up on the ground — and the bulk of those came from Maurice Jones-Drew’s 97-yard performance in Week 1. Hillis is still a solid No. 2 RB this week, but be aware that it could be tough sledding.
— Marcas Grant