FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — Michael Vick walked slowly off the field, shaken up for the second straight game. And he was eager to get back in the action.

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — Michael Vick walked slowly off the field, shaken up for the second straight game. And he was eager to get back in the action.

Philadelphia's star quarterback was leveled on just his sixth play of the Eagles' 27-17 preseason win over the New England Patriots on Monday night. X-rays on his ribs were negative, but he was held out as a precaution.

"He's sore," Eagles coach Andy Reid said. "He was trying to talk me into going back in, so how sore is sore?"

Vick was knocked down by linebacker Jermaine Cunningham after heaving a long pass in the first quarter. Eleven days earlier, in a 24-23 win over the Pittsburgh Steelers, he had X-rays on his left thumb — also negative — after hitting it on the helmet of center Jason Kelce. Vick took part in only six plays in that game, too.

"Mike's tough," Eagles running back LeSean McCoy said. "I kind of figured it would be all right, even though he took kind of a big blow."

On Monday night, Nick Foles replaced Vick and threw two touchdown passes for the second straight game for the Eagles.

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

Tom Brady sat out the game for the Patriots.

McCoy scored on a 1-yard run, and Alex Henery kicked a 42-yard field goal to give the Eagles a 24-17 lead with 33 seconds left in the third quarter. He added a 21-yarder that capped the scoring with 2:00 remaining.

For the Patriots (1-1), third-stringer Ryan Mallett completed 10 of 20 passes for 105 yards, including a 7-yard scoring pass to Alex Silvestro. Brian Hoyer was just 5 for 17 for 55 yards.

Titans

Tennessee coach Mike Munchak said Monday that quarterback Jake 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.

Munchak announced the decision after practice, saying Locker gives the Titans their best chance to win the AFC South as their quarterback this season and hopefully for many seasons to come.

The Titans had let the quarterbacks compete through the offseason, with each starting a game this preseason and splitting snaps in practice. Munchak says Hasselbeck was way ahead of Locker last season, but Locker caught up and won the job with his ability to move the team and score points.

Dolphins

Coach Joe Philbin gave Ryan Tannehill the quarterback job Monday, meaning the Dolphins will have a rookie quarterback start a season opener for the first time when they play at Houston on Sept. 9.

Not even Pro Football Hall of Famers Dan Marino or Bob Griese started the first game of their rookie season.

Tannehill beat out former Oregon State player Matt Moore, who started the final 12 games last year.

Training camp began with a three-way competition at quarterback, but veteran David Garrard fell out of contention when he underwent minor knee surgery Aug. 11.

Tannehill, who played at Texas A&M, was drafted with the eighth overall pick, which made him the first quarterback taken in the opening round by the Dolphins since Marino in 1983.

Cowboys

Dallas Cowboys receiver Dez Bryant was diagnosed with patellar tendinitis in his right knee after he got hurt Monday during a joint practice session with the San Diego Chargers.

Bryant left the field after he slipped coming out of a break during a one-on-one drill, then had an MRI.

The Cowboys said the MRI "revealed no tear to a ligament or tendon." Bryant will be evaluated on a daily basis. The team said no timetable has been set for his return to practice.

Giants

New York Giants receiver Hakeem Nicks practiced for basically the first time since the Super Bowl champions opened training camp in late July.

Nicks was taken off the physically unable to perform list last week and was very limited until Monday's practice. The four-year veteran made a nice catch against cornerback Corey Webster in a seven-on-seven drill and caught a touchdown on a fade pattern during a late two-minute drill.

Neither Nicks nor coach Tom Coughlin would speculate whether Nicks would play in either of the Giants' final two preseason games.