Eagles coach Chip Kelly remains coy about the availability of quarterback Mike Vick for Sunday. As we understand it, though, Vick is ready to go.
All along, we’ve been under the impression that Vick would miss two games after injuring his upper hamstring against the Giants on October 6. With the Giants coming to town on October 27, a source with knowledge of the situation says Vick will play.
But there’s a caveat. The source points out that Vick could suffer a setback, especially as he tries to put the pedal to the metal. Kelly told reporters on Wednesday that Vick has yet to sprint. When Vick does, the hamstring could be strained, again.
The Eagles currently need Vick. Nick Foles suffered a concussion on Sunday against the Cowboys, and he has yet to be cleared to practice. The leaves Matt Barkley as the only alternative, and Barkley threw three interceptions in his NFL debut.
Jeff McLane of the Philadelphia Inquirer already has reported that Vick will start Sunday’s game. Still, it’s important to account for the possibility that the hamstring could be aggravated as Vick pushes harder in preparation for a return to the field.
It’s also important for the Eagles to beat the 1-6 Giants — especially since the Eagles are trying to break an 0-9 streak at home.