TAMPA – Michael Vick does not yet know if he’ll be healthy enough to start next week’s game against the Dallas Cowboys. The injured quarterback was active for Sunday’s 31-20 win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers despite a pulled left hamstring, but he did not play and was dressed only as the emergency quarterback.
Coach Chip Kelly said he made the decision because tight end James Casey, normally the emergency quarterback, was out with a groin injury.
Vick remained supportive of Foles, and did not voice concern that Foles will earn the starting job after throwing for 296 yards three touchdowns.
"He’s a great football player,” Vick told reporters after the game. “But that’s not something I’m going to worry about. I’m going to worry about my health.”
Vick said he has not discussed the starting job with Kelly, nor is it a discussion he needs to have. He said he would do whatever the coaches ask.
Kelly said Vick could have played in an emergency situation on Sunday, but that Vick was not fully healthy. Vick emphasized that he cannot rush back from this type of injury and must exercise caution.
“If you go out there and stress it up you can hurt yourself for the next two weeks, the next three weeks,” Vick said. “I just got to make sure I’m 100 percent.”
Vick was pleased with the way Foles played in his absence. In addition to helping the Eagles win, it’s a positive for Vick because it allows him time to heal.
“When you’ve got a quarterback behind you who can play, who can go out there and get the job done, and the team believes in him, the guys believe in him and the coaching staff believes in him, you don’t have to rush it,” Vick said. “You don’t have to try to stress it out and make it any worse.”
Vick warmed up on the field before the game but is not yet at his optimum health. That’s why it was clear throughout that week that Foles was going to start against the Bucs, even though Vick was in uniform.
“Mike could’ve finished a game for us today,” Kelly said. “He wouldn’t have been 100 percent, but we could’ve finished the game with him.”
Top Eagles officials and medical staff met Saturday with Dr. Deverick J. Anderson, co-director of Duke Infection Control Outreach Network, about the MRSA infections in Tampa Bay’s locker room.
“I think we felt comfortable in his answers in terms of how he told us everything worked out,” Kelly said. “We defer to them, but I think he was very helpful in terms of talking to us and then our doctors and any players that had questions could meet with our doctors and get everything inspected.”
Bucs cornerback Johnthan Banks, one of the players who contracted the drug-resistant staph infection, played in Sunday’s game.
Eagles running back Chris Polk left Sunday’s game with a right shoulder injury. Polk had issues as a draft prospect with his left shoulder.
Safety Patrick Chung, who returned to the lineup after missing two games with a shoulder injury, left the game and never returned.
Tackle Jason Peters left the game with a shoulder injury before he returned. Cornerback Cary Williams briefly left the game with cramps and also returned.