Friday, July 31, 2015

Chip Kelly says Michael Vick 'progressing,' not yet ready to name Vick starter

Michael Vick is "progressing," according to coach Chip Kelly, but Kelly was not yet ready to say Vick will start Sunday against the New York Giants. A source told The Inquirer on Tuesday that Vick will start.

Chip Kelly says Michael Vick 'progressing,' not yet ready to name Vick starter

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Michael Vick is "progressing," according to coach Chip Kelly, but Kelly was not yet ready to say Vick will start Sunday against the New York Giants. A source told The Inquirer on Tuesday that Vick will start.

"We’ll wait for how he progresses and how he does, and a lot of that comes from the feedback of Mike," Kelly said. "I know he’s progressing, but to put a number on it, I’m not going to do that."

Vick got team reps with the Eagles offense for the first team on Tuesday. He had previously done 7-on-7 and scout-team work.

"Biggest test for him is how does he bounce back?" Kelly said.

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Kelly said Vick was not running 100 percent on Tuesday. Vick admitted he's being cautious. He will start sprinting later in the week. 

When asked if Vick will be ready for Sunday, Kelly said,"I just know Mike will be ready for practice today."

Kelly continued to emphasize that he "can't force the health issue," which is why he's reluctant to make definitive statements.

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Nick Foles still has not taken the imPACT test in his recovery from a concussion, Kelly said. Once Foles passes the imPACT test, which measures his cognitive function, he then needs to be cleared by an independent neurologist before re-joining the team.

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One injury to watch is cornerback Bradley Fletcher, who has swelling in his knee. Fletcher was limited on Tuesday and appeared to be limited or not practicing again on Wednesday. The Eagles have only four cornerbacks on the roster.

Safety Patrick Chung practiced in full on Tuesday and Kelly is encouraged by his progress. Chung has missed three games this season with a shoulder injury. Kelly needs to see how he responded on Wednesday.

Linebacker Jake Knott continues to miss practice with a hamstring injury.

Inquirer Staff Writer
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