Michael Vick poised to start against Giants

Michael Vick poised to start against Giants

Vick: 'I wish I could have been out there to help'

October 22, 2013, 12:30 pm
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Michael Vick has missed the last two games with a hamstring injury. (USA Today Images)

All signs point to Michael Vick starting at quarterback for Sunday’s game against the Giants at the Linc.

Offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur said Tuesday that Vick, who missed the past two games with a hamstring injury, would be the first-team quarterback throughout practice and take his first 11-on-11 reps since pulling his hamstring against the Giants on Oct. 6.

Vick had been practicing for the past two weeks but was restricted to just 7-on-7 drills while backup Nick Foles took most of the first-team reps in 11-on-11 drills and rookie Matt Barkley picked up the scraps.

Although Vick appears poised to start, Shurmur is making no assumptions about the quarterback’s complete recovery or the decision that awaits head coach Chip Kelly on naming a starter.

“He’ll be out there practicing and taking the reps,” Shurmur said. “I wouldn’t encourage you to assume anything. Coach (Chip Kelly) talked about it, who the starter is depending on the health of the quarterbacks. He’ll be out there working [Tuesday], with Matt Barkley.”

Barkley will be the No. 2 quarterback at practice with Foles still going through the NFL-mandated concussion recovery process. Foles, who left in the third quarter against Dallas to be examined for a concussion, can’t return to the field until he’s cleared by an independent neurologist.

First-year quarterback G.J. Kinne, who was with the team in training camp and was waived on the roster cutdown date, was re-signed to the practice squad and will run the scout team in practice.

Vick got knocked out late in the first half of the Eagles’ 36-21 win over the Giants at MetLife Stadium when he pulled up lame out of bounds after a first-down scramble deep in Giants territory. At the time, he had passed for 105 yards but completed just 43 percent of his passes.

Vick practiced a few days later as a limited participant and was active against the Bucs as the emergency quarterback but was inactive against Dallas. Foles passed for just 80 yards in nearly three quarters before getting sacked and going back to the locker room, paving the way for Barkley’s debut.

Shurmur said the game plan this week isn’t stunted by the fluid quarterback situation.

“We put together a plan that fits all the quarterbacks,” he said, “so it’s not like we’re all the way over here with Nick playing or all the way over here if Mike’s playing. We put together a plan that fits all quarterbacks.”