Eagles inactives: Foles starts, Vick available

Eagles inactives: Foles starts, Vick available

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October 13, 2013, 11:45 am
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Nick Foles will start against the Bucs on Sunday. (USA Today Images)

TAMPA, Fla. -- As expected, Nick Foles is officially the Eagles’ starting quarterback for Sunday’s game against the Buccaneers at Raymond James Stadium, the team announced Sunday morning.
Michael Vick, who suffered a hamstring pull during the second quarter of the Eagles’ win over the Giants Sunday in East Rutherford, is active but would only play in an emergency.
Rookie fourth-round pick Matt Barkley is also active and would be the next guy in if Foles gets hurt.
Vick, who said Saturday he faces a “long road” back to health (see story), is not a lock to face the Cowboys Sunday at the Linc. Head coach Chip Kelly has said he won’t play Vick until he’s 100 percent.
Vick has now missed 12 games because of injury since becoming the Eagles’ full-time quarterback early in 2010. He’s played 16 games only once in his 11 seasons -- in 2006 with the Falcons.
Since opening day 2010, 17 quarterbacks have started more games than Vick, who has started 39.
The 24-year-old Foles threw for 381 yards and two touchdowns against the Buccaneers last year in his only career win. He threw for 197 yards and two TDs against the Giants Sunday in relief of Vick.
Notable among the Eagles’ inactives is tight end James Casey, who the Eagles had listed as questionable for Sunday with a groin strain. With Emil Igwenagu inactive for a fifth straight game, the Eagles will go with just two tight ends Sunday – Brent Celek and Zach Ertz.
Also inactive for the Eagles: cornerbacks Shaun Prater and Jordan Poyer, offensive linemen Matt Tobin and Dennis Kelly and defensive lineman Damion Square.

The Eagles' 46-man active game-day roster includes three quarterbacks, five wide receivers, three running backs, seven offensive linemen, two tight ends, six defensive linemen, eight linebackers, five safeties, four cornerbacks and three specialists.
Among the Buccaneers’ inactives is wide receiver Mike Williams, the Bucs’ second-leading receiver with 15 catches for 164 yards and two touchdowns.
Also down for Tampa: cornerbacks Rashaan Melvin and Michael Adams, defensive end William Ghoston, guards Carl Nicks and Patrick Omameh and defensive end Trevor Scott.