Eagles Injury Update: When will Vick return?

Eagles Injury Update: When will Vick return?

Who will be the starting QB on Sunday?

October 14, 2013, 3:30 pm
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Michael Vick said over the weekend he faces a "long road" back to complete health. (USA Today Images)

Head coach Chip Kelly had no update on injured quarterback Michael Vick Monday, a day after Nick Foles threw three touchdowns and ran for a fourth in place of Vick in the Eagles’ 31-20 win over the Buccaneers in Tampa.
 
Sunday’s game was the 12th Vick has missed since becoming the Eagles’ full-time starting quarterback early in 2010. Vick suffered a hamstring injury a week ago in a win over the Giants, and his status for next week against the Cowboys is unknown.
 
How’s Vick doing?
 
“I don’t know,” Kelly said. “[I won’t] until those guys get here and start running around a little bit [Tuesday].”
 
Kelly said Vick was at the NovaCare Complex for treatment Monday morning, but he said the two didn’t talk.
 
Kelly on Sunday night left the door ajar for Foles to remain the starter once Vick is healthy, saying, “We’ll evaluate everything.”
 
On Monday, he refused to discuss his plans at quarterback, saying it was pointless to speculate while Vick is still less than 100 percent.
 
“Depends on where we are from a health standpoint,” Kelly said. “Until we know what the health is, I’m not saying with anybody.
 
“All my decisions are made – whether it’s James Casey with a groin or Mike with a hamstring or Chris Polk with a shoulder -- all our decisions about who’s going to play are based on health.”
 
Vick said over the weekend he faces a “long road” back to health, and Kelly has said he won’t play Vick until he’s 100 percent, especially since using his legs is such a big part of his game.
 
In five starts so far, Vick has completed 54 percent of his passes with five TDs, two INTs, a 90.6 passer rating with 307 rushing yards and two rushing TDs.
 
Foles has completed 67 percent of his passes with six TDs, no INTs, a 127.9 passer rating and a rushing TD.
 
“All of our decisions are made on what’s going to give us the best opportunity to win, and we have to put healthy guys on the field and put together a scheme that’s going to help us beat the Cowboys,” Kelly said. “That’s all we’re talking about.”
 
Kelly was asked whether he fears a locker room split between a pro-Foles camp and a pro-Vick camp as questions linger about who the starter will be moving forward.
 
“I don’t see any divisions or one side going one way and one side going the other,” he said. “Mike wasn’t 100 percent on Sunday. Nick did an outstanding job.
 
“I said when this whole thing started, we’re fortunate we had two quarterbacks (see story). It showed already this season. You’ve got to have two really good quarterbacks to win in this league, and that’s where I feel we are right now.”
 
The Eagles are scheduled to practice Tuesday morning, and Kelly said he expects Vick to be limited.
 
Foles on Sunday put up 31 points on a defense that had been allowing just 17½ per game. It was the most points the Bucs have allowed at home since a 35-28 loss to the Saints last October.
 
“I thought Nick did a really nice job,” Kelly said. “I’m really, really happy with how he performed within our offense. Did a good job taking what the defense gave us. A lot of times where he got us out of some bad plays and got us into some good ones. Really happy with him.”
 
Safety Patrick Chung tried to play Sunday after missing two games with a shoulder injury but lasted only 12 plays before leaving the Tampa game.
 
“We’re concerned when anybody is hurt, and he missed a game and didn't finish this last game so it's obviously a concern for us.”
 
After Chung left Sunday’s game, Nate Allen and rookie Earl Wolff played the rest of the game at the two safety spots.
 
Kelly said he expects offensive tackle Jason Peters (shoulder) and Polk (shoulder) to be limited at practice at the start of the week. He said he expects Peters to be a full participant by Wednesday. Peters missed nine snaps Sunday and was replaced by Allen Barbre.

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