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Kafka takes 1st team snaps

Mike Kafka took all of the first team snaps at practice today, even though the team listed Vince Young as a full practice participant, according to two team sources.

Kafka takes 1st team snaps

Quarterback Mike Kafka drops back to pass as the Eagles practice at the NovaCare Complex. (David Maialetti/Staff Photographer)
Quarterback Mike Kafka drops back to pass as the Eagles practice at the NovaCare Complex. (David Maialetti/Staff Photographer)

Mike Kafka took all of the first team snaps at practice today, even though the team listed Vince Young as a full practice participant, according to two team sources.

Mike Vick was at practice but officially did not participate, according to the team (practice was closed to the media except for the first 10 minutes). Vick did not talk to reporters after practice -- injured Eagles are typically kept away from the media -- but all signs from the Eagles point to Vick playing Sunday against the Giants, unless, of course, he suffers a setback as he recovers from a concussion.

Kafka's role on Wednesday is a pretty sure sign that if Vick can't play this week, the second-year player from Northwestern will get the start.

"Coach Reid has a plan and a role for everybody, so whatever role that is for me, we’ll do the best we can," Kafka said before practice.

The Eagles sound confident that Vick will be ready, though. Trainer Rick Burkholder said earlier Wednesday that the starting quarterback is feeling no concussion symptoms other than a sore neck and jaw. Vick still needs to be cleared by an independent neurologist. Burkholder said that test will likely occur in the next day or two. He said Vick is where the teams would expect him to be at this stage in his recovery.

Kafka said little to reporters this morning, mostly just repeating mantras about following the game plan and playing in whatever role Reid chooses for him.

At one point he actually laughed about the consistency of his answers.

"This is going to be a running thing, I’m going to tell you right now, we have to execute offensively, all 11 guys," Kafka said.

Notes:

-- Aside from Vick, defensive ends Darryl Tapp and Juqua Parker are the only two Eagles who missed practice.

-- Cullen Jenkins confirmed that he was fined $15,000 for a helmet-to-helmet hit Sunday on Matt Ryan. "You can punch somebody and only get fined $10,000," Jenkins said. "You do an honest mistake, it's not like I launched at him ..."

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