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Lunch Break: Attacking the Bucs defense
Michael Vick has missed 11 games to injury since becoming the Eagles' starting quarterback in 2010. (USA Today Images)
Chip Kelly is in no rush to name a starting quarterback for the Buccaneers.
When does he feel like he has to make a decision?
That would be one minute before kickoff in Tampa Sunday.
Kelly said Mike Vick was feeling better Thursday morning, four days after he pulled a hamstring during the second quarter of the Eagles’ win over the Giants Sunday at the Meadowlands.
Nick Foles is still expected to start against the Buccaneers at Raymond James Stadium Sunday, but Kelly said Vick is doing better than he was earlier in the week.
Vick participated in at least some of the 7-on-7 drills at practice on Wednesday and was in the bubble Thursday morning warming up and taking drops during the short period of practice that was open to the media. Vick is scheduled to meet with the media after practice.
Generally, the quarterbacks take drops in order of the depth chart, and on Thursday during the open period of practice, it was Foles first, Matt Barkley second and Vick third.
“I get a feel for Mike that he is improving,” Kelly said. “He said [Thursday morning] he felt good. I talked to him in the weight room, and he said he felt good, but we’ll see what happens [at practice].”
Vick hasn’t played 16 games since 2004 and has missed 11 games because of injury since becoming the Eagles’ full-time starting quarterback early in 2010.
Foles went 1-5 in six starts last year and threw two touchdowns in just over a half in the win over the Giants Sunday.
Kelly said he’ll take into account Vick’s progress in practice, along with information from trainer Chris Peduzzi and strength coach Josh Hingst and from Vick himself when ultimately determining who will start against Tampa.
“We’re never going to put him in harm’s way, and we’re always going to do what’s best for the team, so the good thing is we still have three full days,” Kelly said Thursday morning.
“We have Thursday, Friday and Saturday of training to really get a full evaluation of where we are with this whole thing. ...
“Mike’s been honest. Mike will tell us where he is and how he feels. He’s been that way so far, so we’ll see as we get closer to gametime.”
The Eagles fly to Tampa on Saturday afternoon after a practice at the NovaCare Complex.
Most NFL teams don’t practice on Saturday, but Kelly said the Eagles do enough during their 68-minute day-before-the-game session to get a good sense of where an injured player is physically.
“We’re throwing the ball and receivers are running routes at full speed,” he said. “So that’s another day to get another set of eyes on Mike.”