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Foles likely to start Friday

With Michael Vick more than likely sidelined for Friday's preseason game at Cleveland, rookie Nick Foles will start at quarterback, Eagles coach Andy Reid said Wednesday.

Foles likely to start Friday

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In the absence of Michael Vick, rookie Nick Foles will likely start Friday night against Cleveland. (Ron Cortes/Staff Photographer)
In the absence of Michael Vick, rookie Nick Foles will likely start Friday night against Cleveland. (Ron Cortes/Staff Photographer)

With Michael Vick more than likely sidelined for Friday's preseason game at Cleveland, rookie Nick Foles will start at quarterback, Eagles coach Andy Reid said Wednesday.

Vick has bruised ribs after he was hit by Patriots linebacker Jermaine Cunningham on Monday night at New England. While Vick is likely to sit the remaining two preseason games, Reid said that his starting quarterback will be ready by the season opener on Sept. 9 at the Browns.

An MRI and a CT scan of Vick's ribs area did not reveal a bone fracture or cartilage damage, the team said Tuesday.

Foles jumped in for Vick and performed well in his stead Monday night. The rookie appears to have the inside edge on the backup quarterback spot ahead of the injured Mike Kafka and veteran Trent Edwards.

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Kafka, who entered camp as the No. 2 quarterback, has a fractured left hand and could be back for the preseason finale against the New York Jets on Aug. 30, Reid said. His spot on the roster could be in jeopardy.

Foles will work with the Eagles' first team offense for a quarter and could play as much as a half, Reid said. Edwards will play the rest of the game.

-- Reid said that King Dunlap will work with the first team offense at left tackle during today's practice. Dunlap and Demetress Bell are competing for the spot, but Dunlap has the clear edge at this point.

-- Cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, who left the Patriots game with a shoulder injury, is OK and will practice today.

-- Reid said that he was fine with defensive tackle Cullen Jenkins' reaction when the two got into a heated argument on the sideline during Monday night's game. "I like that fire," Reid said.

-- Reid said that rookie Brandon Boykin has narrowed the gap between he and Joselio Hanson for the starting nickel cornerback spot. Hanson has started there all of training camp and the preseason, but Boykin took some snaps with the first team defense against the Patriots.

-- Defensive end Jason Babin (calf), wide receiver Riley Cooper (collarbone), linebacker Casey Matthews (ankle), safety Tom Nelson (ankle), Kafka and Vick won't practice today.

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