Michael Vick reaggravated his left hamstring pull Oct. 27 against the Giants. (USA Today Images)
There was once a timetable for Michael Vick’s return from a hamstring injury. That was before Vick came back and gave it a go eight days ago against the Giants.
Now, head coach Chip Kelly isn’t even entertaining discussions with his medical staff beyond Vick’s status for each day.
And as for Monday, Vick was still feeling soreness in his hamstring. He won’t take first-team reps Tuesday when the team reconvenes to start practicing for Green Bay. Nick Foles, who threw seven touchdown passes against Oakland, will continue to be the first-team quarterback.
You’re stunned, we know.
“We didn't talk about a timeframe [Monday],” Kelly said in his day-after press conference as he wrapped up the Eagles’ 49-20 road rout of Oakland. “So I can't tell you anything on that.”
Kelly said he was told by the doctors that Vick’s first hamstring pull, on Oct. 6 against the Giants at MetLife Stadium, would be a 10-to-14 day injury. But after Vick’s reaggravation on Oct. 27 -- he felt a similar pop on a second-quarter scramble -- Kelly said he ended any timetable discussions.
“Once we pass 10 to 14 days, which was about two weeks ago, I stopped thinking timeframe,” he said. “[The doctors] tell me when he can go, when he can't go. I can cross my fingers, I can be hopeful, I can be wishful. But when they say he can go, he can go.”
With Vick unlikely to play Sunday against Green Bay, Kelly has two other injured starters to worry about. Left tackle Jason Peters and right cornerback Bradley Fletcher each sustained pectoral injuries against Oakland and the status for each is in doubt.
Kelly said he doesn’t know if Peters will be able to practice Tuesday but said the left tackle “should be back” at some point this week. Fletcher’s status is harder to pin down.
“Bradley, we'll see as the week goes along,” Kelly said. “Those are the only two guys that really came up.”
Meanwhile, safety Patrick Chung is still working his way back from a shoulder injury. Chung played 51 snaps against the Raiders in his first action since re-injuring his shoulder against Tampa Bay on Oct. 13, but rookie Earl Wolff started. Kelly said Chung wasn’t ready yet to rejoin the starting lineup.
“Just trying to get Pat back involved,” Kelly said. “We were happy kind of how he responded and where he was. But, you know, it's a process of bringing him back in. You know, it wasn't, ‘Hey, he's 100 percent healthy, let's throw him back in the field.’
“A week before all Pat did was run around. He took a million reps, but he took a million reps at scout receiver and a million reps at scout DB. He wasn't really involved in the game plan because we didn't think he was going to be able to go. He could run around without contact.
“He started to get more reps and get a little more familiar so you'll start to see him work his way back in. What it does for us, I think it just provides us some depth. At this point in the year you're getting into Week 10. You obviously need everybody at the beginning. But we're starting to get a little bit healthier. It helps especially at the safety position that we got Nate [Allen], Earl in, now we got Pat.”