Monday, February 8, 2016

Source: Vick to start; Bradley, Kolb progress, but still out of practice

Michael Vick is expected to start Sunday, a team source said. Stewart Bradley and Kevin Kolb sat in team meetings today, but both still appear unlikely to play this week.

Source: Vick to start; Bradley, Kolb progress, but still out of practice

Michael Vick will start in the Eagles´ game against the Lions, according to a team source. (Yong Kim/Staff Photographer)
Michael Vick will start in the Eagles' game against the Lions, according to a team source. (Yong Kim/Staff Photographer)

Michael Vick will start Sunday against the Lions, according to a team source, confirming what was widely expected.

Linebacker Stewart Bradley and quarterback Kevin Kolb both sat in team meetings today, a sign of progress after they were each concussed Sunday, but it still seems highly unlikely that either will play against Detroit.

Bradley was seen doing light exercises in the Eagles training room, though neither player is expected to practice today.

Even if team doctors clear the two, they would still need to get an OK from independent doctor to return to play.

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While the Eagles won't publicly commit to playing Vick as a starter against the Lions, coaches did say that Mike McGlynn will start at center and Omar Gaither will start at middle linebacker if Bradley is held out.

Coordinators Marty Mornhinweg, Sean McDermott and Bobby April gave glimpses into their planning and concerns for their game this week.

Mornhinweg stressed the challenge presented by the Lions' defensive line, which features defensive end Kyle Vanden Bosch and defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh. "Their front is just excellent and this will be a really good challenge for us."

McDermott -- somewhat less convincingly -- played up the talent of Lions back up quarterback Shaun Hill, expected to start in place of the injured Matthew Stafford. "He's a veteran quarterback, so he has seen the blitz looks ... he has great football instincts, so I'm sure he's well prepared to do a good job."

Bobby April, meanwhile, said his team has work to do on both kick off coverage and kick returns.

The Eagles gave up long returns after several scores Sunday, giving the Packers the chance to strike back.

"It was not good. The thing about that particular play, it's a critical play for a lot of reasons. It's the first defensive play of the series," April said. "We have a chance to literally establish the field position for our defensive football team with one single play, so it's critical that that one single play to determine that is good."

On kick coverage, April said he needs to better detail his plans and a few individual players need to make better plays in coverage. Just one person getting of his block can stop a return short. The return game, April said, is tougher to address because a kick return requires 11 players working in unison. Despite averaging a start around the 30 yard line, April said that number was bolstered by a Packers' kick out of bounds.

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