Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Vick's the No. 3 QB; McCoy will start

As expected, Andy Reid deemed Michael Vick his No. 3 quarterback for Sunday's game. The Eagles coach could not say whether Vick would even dress against the Redskins.

Vick's the No. 3 QB; McCoy will start

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As expected, Andy Reid deemed Michael Vick his No. 3 quarterback for Sunday's game. The Eagles coach could not say whether Vick would even dress against the Redskins.

"I can't tell you numbers," Reid said. "I don't know how many are going to be up on Sunday. But right now, Mike's the third quarterback."

Vick missed five games because of a concussion. He returned to practice and was cleared by an independent neurologist last week. Reid named Nick Foles his starter for the rest of the season two weeks ago. Trent Edwards will back up the rookie.

Reid also announced that LeSean McCoy, who missed four games because of a concussion, will start on Sunday.

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"I'm going to keep a close eye on him," Reid said. "It won't be a normal workload like you'd see during the season.

Reid was asked why he decided to let McCoy dress with little left to play for.

"You're healthy, you play. LeSean understands that. Our team understands that. That's how you go about business," Reid said. "LeSean wouldn't want it any other way."

Bryce Brown will rotate in in tailback. He'll likely get more carries than he did when McCoy was healthy. Fullback Stanley Havili (hamstring) isn't expected to be ready by Sunday. Reid intimated that rookie Chris Polk could start in his place. Emil Igwenagu, who played a hybrid fullback/tight end position last week, will also play some fullback and will backup tight end Brent Celek.

Celek is back after missing a game with a concussion. Tight end Clay Harbor was placed on season-ending Injured Reserve on Tuesday with a back injury. He said he broke three small bones in his lower back

Reid said that guard Evan Mathis (ankle) will practice and should be available to play Sunday.

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