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Injuries muddy Eagles quarterback situation for Week 8

Injuries muddy Eagles quarterback situation for Week 8

Philadelphia’s quarterback controversy may have been laid to rest, but as of Monday it still isn’t clear who will start against the Giants in Week 8. If healthy, it will be Michael Vick—but that’s a big if.

Eagles head coach Chip Kelly refused to name a starter during his day-after press conference on the grounds that he’s not sure who will be ready to go by Sunday. Jeff McLane for the Inquirer is reporting Vick will “likely” play even if the hamstring is not completely healed, but Kelly denied anybody will play at less than 100 percent.

McLane’s source indicated they won’t know how close the four-time Pro Bowler is until Wednesday. Recent reports described the hamstring strain as a 3-4 week injury. Sunday would be exactly three weeks from the day of Vick’s injury.

Kelly also revealed Nick Foles suffered a concussion in the 17-3 loss to the Cowboys, and the second-year passer’s recovery is subject to NFL protocol. We may not learn his status for Sunday until the middle of the week either.

That could leave fourth-round rookie Matt Barkley to take the reins versus New York, at least theoretically. If both Vick and Foles are unavailable, Chip admitted the team would have to sign another quarterback for depth. Calling G.J. Kinne?

All of which muddies the Eagles’ quarterback picture despite the debate over who should start coming to a close. Foles may have played himself out of an opportunity to win the job, but the question this week could come down to who is healthy enough to play?

Vick has been a limited participant in practice the past couple weeks. Monday is the players’ off-day, so we should get a better sense of which direction the Eagles are headed based on who takes first-team reps the next couple days.

Chip added Foles did not re-injure his groin, in case you were wondering if an undisclosed injury was in any way responsible for Foles’ dreadful performance against the Cowboys. The head coach didn’t have any answers for why the second-year passer was so “off.”

My gut feeling is McLane’s report is pretty close, and that Vick could play if not quite 100 percent. The 11-year veteran was active as the third quarterback in Tampa Bay eight days ago (although he was not against the Cowboys), indicating he could have played all along in an emergency.

The problem is what kind of Mike Vick will the Eagles be getting if he can’t take off and run for big gains?

We may just have to find out. Foles’ status seems even more up in the air, and while Barkley was in a difficult position coming off the bench, three interceptions in three series does not inspire much confidence. Vick may be the best option, but he may be the only too.

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Eagles tight end Zach Ertz grateful Jake Elliott 'saved my butt'

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Eagles tight end Zach Ertz grateful Jake Elliott 'saved my butt'

Zach Ertz was sitting in the locker next to Brent Celek after the game and at one point he leaned over to his teammate and said simply, "Thank God we won that game."

Because if the Eagles lost Sunday, Ertz would have been the goat.

Ertz had one of the tougher games of his career Sunday, with a costly fourth-quarter fumble that led to a game-tying Giants touchdown and also a dropped touchdown when he was wide open, although he did make up for that by catching a TD one play later.

"It sucks," Ertz said. "If we lost that game, I would have been in the dumpster."

Ertz, covered all day by Landon Collins, one of the NFL's best safeties, did catch eight passes for 55 yards and his first touchdown of the year in the Eagles' wild 27-24 win over the Giants at the Linc (see observations).

The fumble was only the third of his five-year career. That's three fumbles out of 268 receptions.

"The guy made a great play," Ertz said. "I was trying to gain some more yards after the catch, and he kind of just reached around and pulled my arm down and I fumbled. 

"I've got to work on ball security, something I'm going to emphasize this week. I've had (three) fumbles in my career, so I'm not going to over-think it, but at the end of the day, I've got to do better."

Ertz's last fumble came in a loss to the Redskins in December of 2015, forced by Bashaud Breeland and recovered by Dashon Goldson. That was Chip Kelly's final game as Eagles head coach.

His only other fumble came in a loss to the 49ers in San Francisco in 2014.

"I've never seen Darren Sproles fumble, and he fumbled last week, so it's going to happen if you play long enough in the NFL," Ertz said. "All you can do is work on it. Luckily, Jake (Elliott) saved my butt."

The end zone drop came with the Eagles up 7-0 in the third quarter. Wentz could have taken a little steam off the football, but it was still a ball Ertz should catch.

"I couldn't get my hands up fast enough," he said. "The linebacker flashed before me and the ball just kind of snuck up on me, kind of like what happened against the Redskins last year. 

"Luckily, came back the next play and I was able to make a much tougher catch."

Even on a bad day, Ertz still caught eight passes, and he's now second in the NFL with 21 receptions, five behind Antonio Brown. He's also 10th with 245 yards. Both numbers lead all NFL tight ends.

“With a guy like Zach, we know who he is," Wentz said. "Those mistakes don’t happen often. 

"That first ball I definitely threw it harder than it needed to be, and it kind of surprised him a little bit. We came right back to him, and that was huge. 

"I know with a guy like that, confidence is never going to go anywhere, and my confidence in him never is either. The fumble is one of those things you brush off and come right back to him. The guy made some great plays for us today.”

Ertz's 21 receptions are fourth-most in Eagles history after three games and seventh-most ever by any NFL tight end after three games.

Ertz has now played the equivalent of four full seasons in his career, and his 268 catches are seventh-most ever by a tight end after 64 games.

Most importantly, his five catches, 55 yards and touchdown against the Giants Sunday helped the Eagles knock off a division opponent and find their way to 2-1. 

“Last year we didn’t have a lot of wins (in) adverse situations like we faced today," Ertz said. "We weren’t perfect today, anybody in our division is not going to be perfect. But I think it showed a lot about our resilience today and overcoming adverse situations."