Eagles coach Andy Reid said Wednesday that quarterback Michael Vick and his bruised ribs should be ready for the Sept. 9 season opener, as expected. Reid said if this were the regular season, Vick would probably play Friday, when the Eagles visit the Browns in their third preseason game.
Reid said, though, that this being the preseason, Vick is unlikely to play Friday. (Unlikely, as in "no way in heck.") Rookie sensation Nick Foles is scheduled to start, his first exposure to first-team defenders, Reid noted.
Reid said his offensive and defensive starters will play the first quarter. But with Foles and Trent Edwards the only healthy QBs, Foles might play the entire first half, he said.
Reid said he isn't concerned about the fact that Vick made it through only six snaps in each of the first two preseason games, after the Eagles spent the offseason emphasizing how important it was to keep the QB healthy. "It was a pretty good shot he took" from Patriots linebacker Jermaine Cunningham Monday night, Reid said. Reid said such things were part of the game.
*Reid said corner Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, who left the Patriots game with a shoulder injury, will practice today.
*Reid said he likes "a little fire," such as Cullen Jenkins showed in getting in Reid's face after the coach upbraided Jenkins (and the defensive line, apparently) following New England's first touchdown. "It means something to him," Reid said.
*Reid said the nickel corner competition between rookie Brandon Boykin and vet Joselio Hanson remains open. He agreed Boykin has narrowed the gap since training camp began.