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Vick: If I had to play I could

Sounds like no Michael Vick decision before Sunday. Vick said if he had to play, he could, which didn't sound all that optimistic.

Vick: If I had to play I could

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Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Michael Vick throws a pass during<br />practice at the NFL football team´s training facility, Wednesday, Oct.<br />9, 2013, in  Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)
Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Michael Vick throws a pass during practice at the NFL football team's training facility, Wednesday, Oct. 9, 2013, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

Chip Kelly, asked Thursday when he feels he has to make a decision on whether Michael Vick can quarterback the Eagles this Sunday in Tampa, said he wants to know Sunday morning. Starters and inactives are announced 90 minutes before gametime.

Given the importance of the position, it's really unlikely Kelly won't know until Sunday whether Vick is going. But the Eagles certainly seem to want to make the Bucs prepare for both Vick and Nick Foles, something both Bucs coach Greg Schiano and corner Darrelle Revis said they are doing.

After practice, Vick said he did some full team work Thursday, mostly with the scout team.

"Today was another stepping stone," said Vick, who when asked if he thinks he could play with his pulled left hamstring, said: "If I had to, yes."

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Vick also talked about how there's still a knot in the hamstring and how you can make something like that worse if you go too hard too soon. All of which seemed to indicate that he will not play this week, which is what everyone suspected all along.

Vick said his guess right now would be that if he doesn't play this week, he'll be able to go next week against Dallas, barring setbacks.

"We'll see it is as we go into it," Kelly said. "We're never going to put him in harm's way, and we're always going to do what's best for the team. The good thing is, we still have three full days" before playing Tampa.

Kelly said he sees Foles as an NFL starter. "If the opportunity presents itself on Sunday, I'm excited to see Nick out there," Kelly said.

Other highlights:

*Kelly said today would be a big day of practice for safety Patrick Chung, as he attempts to return from a shoulder injury. Chung said afterward he did everything, but that the decision whether he plays is not up to him. Seems likely Chung is playing.

*Kelly said he knew what Matt Barkley acknowledged this week -- that in the spring and even in training camp, Barkley was still recovering from shoulder surgery last season. Kelly said Barkley's arm has gotten stronger.

*Brandon Boykin said his groin problem is of no consequence. Ditto punter Donnie Jones, who bruised the top of his kicking foot in warmups at the Giants last Sunday when he hit the point of the ball instead of the much softer middle part.

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