Thursday, November 26, 2015

Kolb to start; Vick in the mix?

Kevin Kolb will be the starting quarterback Sunday against Atlanta, Andy Reid confirmed.

Kolb to start; Vick in the mix?

Both Eagles quarterbacks, Kevin Kolb and Michael Vick, could dress Sunday. (David Maialetti / staff photographer)
Both Eagles quarterbacks, Kevin Kolb and Michael Vick, could dress Sunday. (David Maialetti / staff photographer)

Kevin Kolb will be the starting quarterback Sunday against Atlanta, Andy Reid confirmed.

Michael Vick took reps with the scout team and "did a little bit out there," and Reid said there is a chance he will dress. If Vick dresses, Reid would not commit to whether Vick would be the third quarterback or potentially be the backup over Mike Kafka. Vick is listed as questionable.

"I'm not going to tell you it's pain-free, but he doesn't have the same pain as he had before," Reid said.

"It's the improvement that he is making every day. He's going from throwing a little bit yesterday, throwing a little bit more today, taking a handoff ... Taking a snap would have been tough a few days ago or a week ago."

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Vick said: "I could dress out. We're just going to see how it goes for the next couple of days. I'm making progress each and every day; it's a credit to the training staff. Just feeling good and ready to go."

Vick said he still has pain "in my shoulders, but I can tolerate it; it's not as bad as it was (even) two days ago. Each day I make progress."

If Kolb plays the entire game, this will become his longest stretch at the controls of the Eagles' offense, going back to Vick's injury near the end of the first quarter of the Washington game.


Defensive tackle Brodrick Bunkley and offensive tackle Jason Peters are out for the game.

Peters had surgery yesterday to repair a torn meniscus in his left knee and returned to the NovaCare Complex to start rehab. Reid said he did not have a timetable for when Peters would return.

"I was surprised to see him walking around and feeling like he did yesterday," Reid said. "He had a pretty significant [tear]. You can see why his leg was not able to support his weight. He is a pretty tough kid to play through what he was able to play through there."

Reid said the tear happened before the San Francisco game and worsened.

Reid said Bunkley is "doing pretty good right now." we got a lot of the swelling out. He's strong and has good motion in his elbow."

Also along the offensive line, Reid said both Todd Herremans and Nick Cole were able to practice today. "They rotated because of the knee situation," Reid said, but he added that Herremans was doing fine.


Wide receiver Riley Cooper was back at practice today after missing yesterday but practicing Wednesday. Reid said the team was monitoring his symptoms and they backed him off because of headaches. Neither Cooper nor Reid would speculate on whether Cooper is playing Sunday, but Cooper said he feels he is ready to go, that the headache wasn't a significant setback. He is listed as questionable.

As for the status of newcomer Jerome Harrison, who was acquired Wednesday in a trade with Cleveland, Reid said, "It's not fair to the kid. We're crammming him full of stuff ... He's a smart kid. He's been able to absorb quite a little bit. We'll see how it goes. That's all part of the formula of who is up and who is down."


To read about What We're Watching in the Falcons game, click here.

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