The NFL notebook …
NEW YORKó NFL fans are seeing plenty of scoring so far this season.
There have been 172 touchdowns, the most in the first two weeks of any NFL season. A total of 1,502 points have been scored.
Quarterbacks are launching the ball with a record 15,771 net passing yards through the first two weeks.
Seven teams are undefeated entering Week 3. That includes four clubs that did not make the playoffs last year ó Buffalo, Detroit, Houston and Washington.
The other undefeated teams are New England, Green Bay and the New York Jets.
PHILADELPHIA ó Michael Vick took a small step toward returning from a concussion.
Vick took part in a morning walkthrough on Wednesday, but didn’t practice in the afternoon. There is a chance he will play against the Giants on Sunday.
“It’s hard to give you the future because you have to do things the right way and go through the process,” coach Andy Reid said.
Vick was injured in Philadelphia’s 35-31 loss to the Falcons in Atlantaand was forced to leave the game in the second half.
Head athletic trainer Rick Burkholder said Vick doesn’t have “a whole lot of concussion symptoms,” and would undergo further testing, including seeing an independent neurologist in the next day or two.
“Just because he doesn’t have symptoms today doesn’t mean he won’t have symptoms tomorrow,” Burkholder said.
NEW YORK ó To the fake handoff and fake field goals, add fake injuries.
The NFL sent a memo Wednesday to all 32 teams warning of fines, suspensions and loss of draft picks if the league determines players faked injuries during a game. Yet several players admit its an accepted practice, and some coaches hinted they are not above condoning phony injuries if it provides a competitive edge.
“I’ve been places where it has been (taught),” said Browns linebacker Scott Fujita, a member of the players’ union executive committee. “They have a name for it and I’ve been places where it’s been pre-called. I’ve been places where it’s one player who has been designated. Maybe I’m getting everyone in trouble, but I’m just being honest.”
NASHVILLE, Tenn. ó Tennessee safety Michael Griffin thinks only person in the NFL can stop receiver Kenny Britt right now.
That would be Britt himself.
The 6-foot-3 receiver has been as busy on the field during the first two games as he was during the lockout back in New Jersey. He leads the AFC in yards receiving (271), and only Carolina’s Steve Smith has more (334) in the NFL. Matt Hasselbeck has told Britt they’ll be really good once he knows what Britt is doing all the time.
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. ó Two-time Pro Bowl defensive end Osi Umenyiora did not take part in the New York Giants’ walkthrough workout Wednesday.
Giants coach Tom Coughlin says Umenyiora is being listed as day to day and it is uncertain he will make his 2011 debut against the Philadelphia Eagles.