By Zach Berman The Philadelphia Inquirer
Nick Foles is likely to make his second start of the season Sunday when the Dallas Cowboys visit the Eagles. Both Foles and Michael Vick practiced on Tuesday, although it was a light practice and Vick said his work was similar to last week.
A big test for Vick will be Wednesdayâ??s practice, but early indications are that Vick still needs more time to recover from a pulled left hamstring. He called the injury a “bad pull” and said heâ??s still not near 100 percent.
“I feel it get better,”Vick said Tuesday. “It’s just when I try to work it, it’s still there. I think another week of rehab will put me in a position where I can gain some confidence in it and doing the things I normally do.”
Foles continues to take the first-team snaps at practice. Offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur said that the Eagles would continue going with Foles and that coach Chip Kelly would address the quarterback decision when both Vick and Foles are healthy.
“I’m going into this week like I always do. I work every day like Iâ??m a starter,” Foles said. “You get more reps with (the first-team offense). But no matter what happens., if Iâ??m not getting reps, I’m getting mental reps and what throws I didn’t get if I’m not getting the first-team reps, Iâ??m going to throw after, so it sort of works the same way.”
When Vick was asked if the decision to return is his to make, he conceded there are multiple factors.
“We have too good of a (backup) quarterback to push it,” Vick said.
Foles’ first start left the Eagles in a strong position, although it also left them with uncertainty about who will start the remainder of the season. The Eagles’ No. 2 quarterback went 22 of 31 for 296 yards and three touchdowns against Tampa Bay, along with a rushing score. He did not turn the ball over.
Since that performance, Kelly has declined to address who will start when Vick is healthy, essentially stimulating the quarterback controversy. With an unequivocal answer, there would be no debate. With the uncertainty, there is intrigue.
The quarterbacks say they don’t think about it in those terms. Eventually, they’re going to need to think. Certainly, Kelly must.
“I’ll leave that for Chip,” Vick said. “Iâ’m not focused on what could be or what should be. Right now I have to rehab and I have to get myself back to 100 percent so I can help this team. I’m not going to try to make that determination right now.”
Vick conceded that the timetable for his return would be different if he were a drop-back quarterback. But because of his running ability, he said he sees and feels the game differently than other quarterbacks. Further injury would push him back another two or three weeks, he said.
He noted that hamstring injuries are common for fast guys, but they’ve never bothered him. However, he tried a different stretching regimen before he was injured against the Giants and tried overstriding rather than leaning when he ran. Vick said he knows what he did wrong and it will not occur again.
“I was just trying to do too much,” Vick said. “That’s how much I wanted to win the game.”