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Nick Foles and Michael Vick combined to throw for 299 yards in Sunday's win. (AP)
Michael Vick said he moved around at practice Tuesday better than he had anticipated in the limited work he did.
But the Eagles’ quarterback is still trying to resolve the knot in his left leg -- diagnosed Monday as a hamstring pull -- and didn’t participate in any full-team drills.
Vick dropped no hints that he would unexpectedly start Sunday’s road game against the Buccaneers in Tampa instead of backup Nick Foles, who’s preparing for his first start of the season.
Vick said he hopes Foles “plays well” and isn’t worried that an impressive outing by Foles would prompt head coach Chip Kelly to change starting quarterbacks.
“It’s kind of disheartening when you can’t be out there and playing,” Vick said. “But the good thing is we’ve got a good backup who will be able to step in and do a great job with this team, and we’ve got a lot of players who believe in themselves and each other. So that’ll take us a long way.”
Vick did some running and throwing at practice but didn’t participate in 7-on-7 or 11-on-11 drills. He basically tested the leg to see how much progress he made since exiting Sunday’s game against the Giants just before halftime.
“I just did the most that I could,” he said. “I’m still tender at some spots, but I’m just getting treatment every day and working.”
Vick said he’s improved since Sunday but added that “it’s too soon” to realistically predict if he’d be in good shape to play against the Bucs.
“I was very surprised to be able to go out and still move around, throw the football and throw it with velocity and to be able to move the way I was able to,” he said. “It was surprising, but I’ve just got to keep working.”
The Eagles have practices Wednesday and Thursday before a walkthrough Friday and a light jogthrough Saturday. Then they’ll board a flight to Tampa and try to win consecutive games for the first time this season. The Bucs are winless but have the NFL’s eighth-best scoring defense, allowing just 17.8 points per game.
Vick said he has “a good understanding of the game plan and what we want to do,” but needs to feel 100 percent.
“So the thing is to try to physically get myself back into position where I could go out there and do everything that I’m normally capable of doing,” he said.
The challenge he faces, Vick said, is not trying to push the recovery process and jeopardize his long-term health.
“That’s the thing. You just don’t want to put yourself in a position to where you can’t get back out there for two or three weeks,” he said. “We’re playing it smart. Coaches told me to come out and do whatever I could.
“I came out, threw the ball, just got a feel for what I could do. I know my body better than anybody else, but you don’t want to strain it, you don’t want to do anything to make the [injury] even worse.”