Eagles likely to start backup QB Foles this week
PHILADELPHIA -- The Philadelphia Eagles will have a new starting quarterback when they face the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sunday.
With Michael Vick nursing a hamstring injury, Nick Foles will get his first start of the season. How many Foles gets beyond that remains to be seen.
Eagles coach Chip Kelly said Vick is day to day and he has not ruled him out of this week's game. But a club source told The Sports Xchange it would take a miracle for Vick's hamstring to heal in time to play this week.
And with an important NFC East game against the Dallas Cowboys next week, the Eagles would prefer to let Vick rest against the winless Bucs and hope he can play against the Cowboys.
Foles, who started six games for the Eagles last year as a rookie and nearly beat out Vick for the starting job this summer, played very well in Sunday's 36-21 win over the New York Giants. He completed 16 of 25 passes for 197 yards and two touchdowns in two-plus quarters of play.
Kelly is not discounting the possibility that Foles could play well enough while Vick is out to wrestle the starting job away from him. Sort of.
"There's always open competition," the coach said. "If Nick goes out there and throws 100 for 100 and throws 27 touchdown passes, then yeah (he would be the new starter).
"If someone comes in and puts on an unbelievable performance, you have to take it all into account. If Nick plays this week and does an outstanding job, that would be great for everybody involved."
Vick was scheduled to have an MRI on Monday.
Vick was injured late in the first half on a run around the left end.
"I'm just running by myself, just running out of bounds," Vick said Sunday. "I tried to slow down. I think I just took the wrong step."
Vick was 6 of 14 for 104 yards passing and had seven carries for 79 yards.
--S Patrick Chung has missed the last two games with a shoulder injury. His status for this week is unknown. Rookie Earl Wolff has started in his place.
--TE Zach Ertz took two shots to the head in Sunday's game, but appears to be alright. He returned to the game both times.