Sunday, February 14, 2016

Everyone preparing as if Vick's starting

All signs are pointing to Michael Vick starting at quarterback Sunday when the Eagles travel to Detroit.

Everyone preparing as if Vick's starting

Michael Vick looks like the probable starter for this week´s game at Detroit. (Yong Kim / Staff Photographer)
Michael Vick looks like the probable starter for this week's game at Detroit. (Yong Kim / Staff Photographer)

All signs are pointing to Michael Vick starting at quarterback Sunday when the Eagles travel to Detroit.

Coach Andy Reid said that Vick is taking all the first-team repetitions under center Wednesday and Thursday and that starting quarterback Kevin Kolb, who suffered a concussion Sunday, has not yet passed the second stage of a concussion test.

Kolb was at the NovaCare Complex Wednesday and has done some light exercising the last two days, according to Reid. But he has not attended any team or position meetings and won't do so until he passes the second-stage test. Kolb must then pass an another exam from an independent specialist to return to practice.

Linebacker Stewart Bradley, who also suffered a concussion against the Packers, failed to pass the test, too. Reid said Bradley was further along than Kolb, though.

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"They are making progress," Reid said.

Still, the team is preparing for the Lions as if Vick were the starter. Detroit, likewise, is formulating its defensive gameplan on the notion that Vick will be the guy.

"We’ll prepare for Vick," Lions coach Jim Schwartz said. "We have to. Regardless of whether of he starts or not we need to be ready for all his packages.”

Vick said that he isn't using this likely opportunity to prove anything.

"If I'm the guy then I'm going to get ready to try to put this team in position to win and that's the ultimate goal," he said. "I don't really go out and try to prove to anybody that I can still play this game. The primary focus is to put this team in a position to win whenever I'm on the field. You can't go out and try to prove yourself because that's adding pressure to this game and it's already hard as it is.

"I just have to make the most out of the opportunity and try to help this football team win until Kevin comes back and he's healthy."

Reid said that if Kolb can't dress Sunday, he'll carry just two quarterbacks: Vick and third stringer Mike Kafka.

Kolb and Bradley were the only Eagles that weren't at practice Wednesday. Reid said that Omar Gaither will start at middle linebacker if Bradley can't go.

The coach also stuck by his initial statement that Mike McGlynn was his starting center now that Jamaal Jackson is out for the season with a torn triceps.

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