Eagles quarterback Nick Foles is taking the first-team reps at practice as Michael Vick remains sidelined with a hamstring injury. What remains unanswered is whether Foles will remain the starter when Vick is completely healthy.
Vick told reporters today that he still has some work to do before he’ll be ready to run at full speed.
“I’m just working every day, I can’t say how close I am to 100 percent,” Vick said. “It was a bad hamstring pull. . . . I feel myself getting better, but I feel it if I try to burst.”
Foles said he’s preparing to start this week, and it sounds like he will start on Sunday against the Cowboys because Vick isn’t healthy yet.
Eagles offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur hinted, however, that Foles may remain the starter even after Vick is cleared to return. Shurmur said coach Chip Kelly will have a decision to make once Vick can go.
“Coach Kelly will address those questions about who the quarterback is when both of them are healthy. At this point, we’ll go with Nick. When Mike’s healthy, we’ll have that discussion,” Shurmur said.
The fact that they’re going to have a discussion indicates that Vick isn’t a sure thing to re-take the starting job once he’s healthy. Foles has played well in Vick’s absence, and if Foles plays well and leads the Eagles to a win over the Cowboys on Sunday, that could be enough to move him ahead of Vick.