There wasn’t much reason to believe that the Eagles would be playing Michael Vick again in the preseason after he escaped a serious injury to his ribs against the Patriots, but now we know for sure that Vick won’t be seen again until the season opener.
Coach Andy Reid confirmed Wednesday that Nick Foles will be Philly’s starting quarterback on Friday night against the Browns. Reuben Frank of CSNPhilly.com also passes along word that Foles is expected to play about a half while the rest of the Eagles starters play a quarter. Many teams push their starters a bit further in their third preseason game, but the Eagles played them on Monday night and obviously aren’t keen on risking any other key injuries.
Foles played well against the Patriots and Steelers in the first two preseason games, but this week will be his first action against a starting defense since entering the NFL. If he’s able to have the same kind of performance in that scenario, it shouldn’t be too long before he is officially named the team’s backup quarterback.
And should Vick, who Reid said will be ready to go for the opener, struggle at all, it also won’t be long before we hear rumblings that Foles should be bumped even further up the depth chart.