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Reid: Vick remains the starter, when healthy; Kolb: just want to win

Kevin Kolb said he's focused on winning this week, and not worrying about trying to reclaim the starting job. Andy Reid said Michael Vick is still the starter, when healthy.

Reid: Vick remains the starter, when healthy; Kolb: just want to win

Coach Andy Reid said that Michael Vick remains the starter at quarterback when he is healthy. (Yong Kim / Staff Photographer)
Coach Andy Reid said that Michael Vick remains the starter at quarterback when he is healthy. (Yong Kim / Staff Photographer)

Kevin Kolb gets another chance this week. He will be the first team quarterback all week and the clear starter heading into Sunday's game against the 0-4 49ers.

But he said he is focused on the game, not reclaiming the starting job.

"If I get into all that, then I'm focusing on the wrong thing," Kolb said. "My focus right now is to go beat San Francisco  and make sure I do my part to do that."

Head coach Andy Reid was initially non-committal when asked if Kolb could win the starting job back from the injured Michael Vick, but later told the Inquirer's Ashley Fox that Vick remains the team's starter.

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Asked if the job was up for grabs, Reid said, "No, (Vick's) the starting quarterback."

Reid praised Kolb's play Sunday, though both he and the quarterback said there were some chances to throw downfield that Kolb missed.

Reid said he does not expect to bring in another quarterback this week, leaving rookie Mike Kafka as Kolb's only back up.

LeSean McCoy (rib), Riley Cooper (concussion) and Asante Samuel (concussion) all sat out practice today, but Reid sounded optimistic about their chances to play Sunday. Samuel went through a team walk through this morning, and Cooper told reporters he felt good.

McCoy was not in the locker room when it was open to the media, but he played the entire second half last week with his broken rib, which Reid said is lower on his body than Vick's cartilage tear -- and therefore less burdensome.

UPDATED: McCoy said he hurt his rib in the third quarter and played through it, but wasn't sure if he would be ready for Sunday's game.

"I definitely feel a lot better than I did during the game and after the game," McCoy said. "I just feel like the more treatment I get, the better I’ll become."

But asked specifically about his prospects for Sunday, he said, "it's so early to tell right now, so we’ll find out."

Reid hinted at a potential line up change on defense, saying Moise Fokou will get some first team repetitions at strong side linebacker this week, in place of Akeem Jordan. Jordan has had an up and down season, making plays some weeks, and invisible in others.

Fokou said he was not told he was starting, but that he is going to share snaps with Jordan in practice.

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