Michael Vick said today he could play if he had to on Sunday. But all indications are that Nick Foles will be the starter against the Bucs.
“It’s important to be 100 percent,” Vick said. “This type of injury, if you do anything out of the ordinary, then you can prolong the recovery process. So I’m just trying to make sure I’m being smart about it and the training staff as well.”
Vick was officially listed as a limited participant during Thursday’s practice. He is expecting to be ready in Week 7 against the Cowboys.
“I think if I wasn’t able to play this week, I’d be able to play next week,” Vick said, before offering the disclaimer that anything can happen.
Earlier in the day, Chip Kelly said he had until 12:59 p.m. Sunday to make a decision. While he was obviously joking around, the idea that the Eagles will gain a competitive advantage by waiting to name their starter is not lost on Kelly.
“We’re never going to put [Mike] in harm’s way, and we’re always going to do what’s best for the team,” Kelly said. “The good thing is we still have three full days. We’ve got Thursday, Friday and Saturday of training to really get a full evaluation of where we are with this whole thing.”
JAMES CASEY ALSO LIMITED
Tight end James Casey (groin) and punter Donnie Jones (left foot) were also listed as limited practice participants on the injury report.
Casey played three offensive snaps last week, and two of them were kneel-downs. He has one catch on the season, but has contributed on special teams (four tackles).
Jones popped a blood vessel in his kicking foot during warm-ups last week, but expects to play.
CHUNG READY TO RETURN
The following players were listed on the injury report as full practice participants: OLB Connor Barwin (knee), CB Brandon Boykin (groin), S Patrick Chung (shoulder), OT Jason Peters (finger) and RB Chris Polk (ankle).
Chung missed the last two games, but sounded like he’ll be ready to return vs. the Bucs. The Eagles will likely rotate him, Nate Allen and Earl Wolff back there.
Earlier this week, defensive coordinator Billy Davis described Chung’s shoulder injury as unique. Chung agreed with that assessment, but would not offer any more details.
“You gotta ask him about that,” Chung said. “I just know I’m getting better. Day by day, it’s getting better.”