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Signs point to another Foles start

Michael Vick is still in Phase 1 of his recovery from a concussion and appeared unlikely to be ready by Monday night when the Eagles host the Panthers.

Signs point to another Foles start

Eagles quarterback Nick Foles. (David Maialetti/Staff file photo)
Eagles quarterback Nick Foles. (David Maialetti/Staff file photo)

Michael Vick is still in Phase 1 of his recovery from a concussion and appeared unlikely to be ready by Monday night when the Eagles host the Panthers.

Vick won't practice on Wednesday, coach Andy Reid said. Nick Foles will once again work in his place at quarterback and appears likely to make his second consecutive start. Reid reiterated Wednesday, however, that Vick is still the starter in name.

"Michael's the starting quarterback and that's the way we work it until he gets healthy, and then you can't do anything," Reid said.

Reid was asked how he plans to balance playing his starter, when he's healthy, against the organization's likely wish to see how Foles can play and if he has a future with the Eagles.

"I got to analyze that and look at that," Reid said. "If [Foles] plays this week it'll give him another oppportunity to get better and then we got from there. And then, the important thing with Michael is that he's healthy. I think, No. 1, you don't want to put him at risk."

Vick suffered a concussion in the second quarter of the Cowboys game on Nov. 11. Reid called the injury "significant" the following day, and Eagles head athletic trainer Rick Burkholder said that Vick was still "foggy," "tired" and wasn't himself as of Friday.

He has made improvement since then, Reid said. Vick attended Wednesday morning's walkthrough and was see walking off the field.

"Michael is working his way into Phase 2," Reid said. "He was able to get out here at practice and watch and he sat in meetings. He hasn't worked out or anything yet but he's getting close to Phase 2."

Reid said that Vick has not taken another ImPACT test since the one he took on Monday when the results were below the baseline. He said Vick should take one in the next few days.

Running back LeSean McCoy is also still in Phase 1 of his return from a concussion, according to Reid, and he also won't practice. Rookie Bryce Brown will start in McCoy's place if he can't play.

Foles struggled in his first career start Sunday at Washington. He completed 21 of 46 passes for 204 yards, threw two interceptions and fumbled three times in the Eagles' 31-6 loss.

"You expect him to take another step forward and learn from the mistakes that he made and better himself with the things he did OK on and then better himself on the mistakes that he made," Reid said.

SCOTT OVER WATKINS

Reid said that Jake Scott would continue to start at right guard ahead of Danny Watkins, who has been sidelined with an ankle injury.

"On the high ankle [sprains] you have the tweaks," Reid said. "This guys' healthy, he understands the offense, did a nice job after he got over the two penalties early there."

Watkins was active Sunday, but only played on two special teams plays. He said that he still wasn't 100 percent. Watkins did confirm an Inquirer report that he played his senior season at Baylor with a broken bone in his ankle.

OTHER INJURIES

Along with Vick and McCoy, defensive tackle Cullen Jenkins (foot and ankle sprain), receiver Jason Avant (hamstring strain), and running back Chris Polk (toe sprain) will not practice.

Reid said that Jenkins "should be OK" for Monday. He said that Polk was unlikely for Monday night.

Jason Peters attended the morning walkthrough, but is still not ready to practice, Reid said. The left tackle is trying to come back from an Achilles tendon tear. The Eagles have until Nov. 27 to decide if they want to activate Peters to the 53-man roster. Reid said there was still a chance of that happening.

CURRY UP

Defensive end Vinny Curry confirmed reports that he would be activated for the first time this season on Monday night. Reid said that he was still waiting to make a final decision, but Curry said that defensive line coach Jim Washburn told him Monday that he will be up against the Panthers.

"It's time we take a look at him," Reid said.

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