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Eagles wide receiver DeSean Jackson (10) races to the end zone on a 77-yard touchdown reception in the second half against the Saints at Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans on Monday.

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NEW ORLEANS — As if Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Michael Vick didn’t have enough problems Monday, he also had to address a controversy involving his brother Marcus after a 28-13 loss to New Orleans at the Superdome.

During the first quarter, Marcus Vick wrote on his Twitter account (MV5) that he wanted his brother traded.

“Please trade my brother,” the message said. “We requesting out of Philly!!!! Please please please. ...”

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The message was removed during the first half.

After the game, Michael Vick quickly responded that he did not want to be traded.

“That’s something I’m going to have to address (with Marcus) once I leave here,” Vick said. “We’re out here fighting as hard as we can, giving it everything we’ve got. (A trade request) is certainly not the case. I love each and every guy in that locker room.”

Tapp stays home

Defensive end Darryl Tapp did not make the trip with the rest of the team.

Tapp, whose 23 tackles are the most among the team’s defensive ends, stayed in Philadelphia to be with his wife, Tiffany, who is expecting the couple’s first child.

The Eagles did not activate rookie defensive end Vinny Curry to take his spot. Curry, the Eagles’ second-round draft pick, has been inactive for every game this season. Instead, they opted to play one less defensive end and activate veteran defensive tackle Mike Patterson.

Patterson made his regular-season debut against the Saints in the second quarter after being inactive for the first seven games while recovering from offseason brain surgery.

Patterson, the Eagles’ first-round draft pick in 2005, underwent surgery in the offseason to repair of blood vessels known as an arteriovenous malformation (AVM) in his brain that caused him to suffer a seizure during training camp in 2011. The 29-year-old played in 15 games last season, registering 66 tackles and two and a half sacks. He underwent a six-hour operation on Jan. 26 and was eventually placed on the reserve/non-football injury list because the incision in his skull had not sufficiently healed.

Patterson only played a few snaps against the Saints but should see his playing time increase over the second half of the season. When healthy, the 6-foot-1, 309-pounder is regarded as the team’s best run-stopping defensive linemen and also has 151/2 career sacks.

Kelly replaces Watkins

Guard Danny Watkins may have regained his starting job without even playing Monday.

Watkins, the Eagles’ first-round draft pick last year, missed his second straight game against the Saints because of a chronic ankle injury. Even before the problem first materialized last week, he had not been playing well.

But rookie Dennis Kelly got off to a terrible start against the Saints. After turning in a solid performance in Watkins’ right guard spot a week ago against Atlanta, he whiffed on two blocks during the Eagles’ opening drive.

Kelly, a sixth-round draft pick out of Purdue University, had very limited experience at guard.

Prior to playing every snap against the Falcons, his only playing time at that position was during a preseason game against Pittsburgh.

He was a tight end in high school and played exclusively at left tackle for the Boilermakers.

He was the Eagles’ backup right tackle for the first six games this season.

At 6-feet-8 and 321 pounds, Kelly had to develop a bend-but-don’t-break style when he moved to guard.

Because of his height, he had to work on staying low as much as possible so as not to interfere with 6-foot quarterback Michael Vick’s passing

Payton to be free agent?

Saints coach Sean Payton, a former Eagles assistant coach, was suspended for the entire season by NFL commissioner Roger Goodell for his role in the team’s “Bounty-Gate” scandal. ESPN, Yahoo Sports and Fox Sports all reported Sunday that Payton’s contract will be voided at the end of the season and could become a free-agent coach, though he indicated to Fox’s Jay Glazer that he intends to stay with the Saints.

If he doesn’t, the Eagles were mentioned as one of the teams who could be interested should Reid get fired or leave after this season. The Eagles entered Monday’s game at 3-4. Owner Jeffrey Lurie stated before the season that another mediocre performance like last season’s 8-8 record would not be acceptable.

Payton served as the Eagles’ quarterbacks coach under then-head coach Ray Rhodes in 1997-98.

The Saints entered Monday’s game 2-5 without him, but interim coach Joe Vitt, who was the Eagles’ linebackers coach under Rhodes from 1995-98, refused to use his absence or the other distractions as an excuse for the team’s lousy start.

Lineup changes

In addition to Curry, Tapp and Watkins, the Eagles’ inactive list included safety Nate Allen, who was deactivated after suffering a strained hamstring last week against Atlanta.

Safety David Sims, who was acquired in a trade with Cleveland just before the regular season, took Allen’s spot in the starting lineup.

Sims had played exclusively on special teams in the first seven games.

He was promoted ahead of Colt Anderson.

Out of action

Other inactives: quarterback Trent Edwards, wide receiver Mardy Gilyard and guard Nate Menkin.

Bumps and bruises

Eagles right tackle Todd Herremans left the game and was carted to the locker room near the end of the first quarter with a foot/ankle injury. Demetress Bell replaced him.

Up ahead

The Eagles start the second half of their regular season next Sunday against the Dallas Cowboys (3-5) at Lincoln Financial Field.

The Cowboys lead the series 59-47, but the Eagles have won three of the last four meetings. The Eagles swept the Cowboys last season by a combined score of 54-14.

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