Vick: It’s Important To Be 100 Percent

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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."

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  • Kalanihawaii

    Y is Casey hurt? Do you have to play to get hurt?

  • Richard Colton

    What has Casey been doing that could possibly injure his groin? Because it wasn’t playing TE for the Eagles.

    • G_WallyHunter

      it was playing special teams!

      • Richard Colton

        I cant think of a standout play he’s made on Special Teams. The signing has been a head-scratcher to date.

        • G_WallyHunter

          lol yea… very much so… 8 million guaranteed? when an undrafted rookie FA like Knott is getting more playing time? smh…
          I know they’re on different sides of the ball and all.. but still..

          • cliff henny

            think the Ertz pick messed up the Casey plan.

          • G_WallyHunter

            Yeah, but should it have messed it up this bad?
            Like come on, they could have mitigated that by now, someone’s screwing up

          • cliff henny

            one 4m mistake, annoying, but it happens. do we want him to take playing time from Ertz? good guy to have to if celek or Ertz get hurt. i’ll blast howie right along with everyone else, but this signing doesnt bother me. not like he prevented them from signing anyone else. wasnt casey or goldson, ya know?

          • theycallmerob

            I think you’re right on. The more the season has gone on, the more I think they had planned a two TE set with Casey and Celek before the draft. Think about that- both can catch and block, and Casey can go from in-line to the backfield. Harbor may have stayed as the 3rd, since he’d be the true H.
            However, Ertz may have been too good/valued (and, to Kelly, too familiar) to let go at that spot in the 2nd. I imagine they had a 1st rd grade on him, and saw the writing on the wall with Celek in the future. Who knows, next year the same plan may take shape as this offseason- but instead of Celek/Casey, it is Ertz/Casey.
            And, as you say, I’m not about to throw bricks at the Roseman household over this signing. They got the guy they wanted, and had the bonus of drafting the possible future TE of Kelly’s wet dreams. C’est la vie.

          • Loke1988

            Howie? You there?

    • nicksaenz1

      I wish I had his job. Show up, stay in shape, run around on ST here and there, collect a nice check, and go home.

      • cliff henny

        250k a game, 3 plays, yup, good gig if you can get it.

        • BlindChow

          People would pay good money to watch Eagles games from the sidelines. He’s actually getting PAID to do it!

      • #7

        lol yep

  • Rick H

    This Casey situation is really strange. The Eagles are not a top notch team, then they go out and sign him. Now they do not play him? Somebody somewhere is responsible for a bad signing. I do not care what the contract is or what he signed for in terms of dollars.
    Some person (GM)thought Casey could help the Eagles blocking and receiving out of the backfield but Kelly obviously doesn’t. That is an issue and it is on Howie’s new watch under the Kelly regime. Is this why they never seem to be able to fill their roster with superior talent. This is one example but there are many many more.
    What I mean is the Eagles sign or draft a significant percentage of what i call 2nd & 3rd tier players. So when they are out on the field “they are just a little too slow to get to the QB” or too slow to cover the wide receiver or tight end.
    On offense they are a little too light to dominate at the line of scrimmage or too slow… Wide receivers that are average. Seems that this is related to the overall philosophy of ownership!
    They spend only a certain amount and that is it.Trust me I know the salary cap and how it can be manipulated to appear all possible money is being spent when it clearly is not the case.
    You can poke holes in my argument but this has been the method of operation since Lurie’s ownership.

    • BlindChow

      They’d use Casey more if they hadn’t had drafted Ertz. I’m guessing besides Ertz being the best player on their board (presumably), they also see him as a long term piece, so taking him was also a “drafting for the future” decision, while signing Casey (pre-draft) was short-term. We might see more Casey later in the year, especially if there are injuries.

      As far as the Eagles not being able “to fill their roster with superior talent,” they signed a ton of big-time free agents in 2011. Nnamdi was the prize of free agency that year. It obviously didn’t work out, but you can’t say it never happens.

      • GEagle

        I think it’s a case of Chip breaking the season down into quarters, for not just evaluation but also installation…Chip is a thorough thinker..I’m sure he thinks like: we will start with this??and once teams adjust to this then 4 games later we will instill this…then 4 games later we will install this…and that the heavy TE package will come in one of the next two quarters….there is a sequence of installation for how you chose when to install what plays,and my guess is that’s it’s just not time for the TE installation…

        • Token

          O stop it. Thats nonsense. We are lucky to be a 2-3 team right now. If he planned on using 3 TEs he would have done it by now.

          • GEagle

            God your dumb…not worth writing much more lol

          • Token

            Yea makes way more sense that Chip is holding back something that could have helped win games just to surprise people later.

            Now please go back to posting about how great the defense is gonna be this year and how great Billy Davis is. That was way more entertaining

      • anon

        Lots of round pegs for square holes. Annoyed to this day we got rid of samuel, one of my favorite non-tackling players. But that’s ok if you have a good safety that will come behind when Asante goes for the pick instead of that tackle. But if you have Nate Allen and Colt Anderson back there….7pts.

      • Rick H

        The signings were a product of the year where the NFLPA and the League were at odds. They signed a lot of one year and done deals. Nmandi was probably the biggest disappointment of any NFL free agent signing in the last 10 years. It did cost them money in that case so you are correct in that specific case.
        Still the overall philosophy was/is money /profit first.

        • Vick Must Go

          Rick, can’t disagree with you more. Terrell Owens and Kearse, biggest names in free agency. Not just Nnamdi. Kevin Curtis (while not a big name) was the #1 WR on the market that year. When the Eagles sign, they tend to sign big and spend big money. This whole, Philly is cheap, line has to go. Would you rather have Dan Snyder or the Raiders ownership, always overpaying for inferior talent?

          • GoBirds1

            Wait ‘Over paying for inferior talent’, isn’t that what they have been doing for years? Curtis 10 million per back then was absurd. Kearse, Nnamdi, Babin(both times) were all a bust. The big money FA that really worked WAS Runyan.

          • Vick Must Go

            GoBirds, you can’t have it both ways. Rick is saying they don’t spend enough because they are cheap. You are saying they overpay. Both can clearly not be true.

            Someone mentioned Jon Runyan. While he was a disaster, Stacey Andrews was also a high priced aquisition, possibly the top tackle on the market that year? Mathis was a high ticket guard last year, or the year prior (one of those). Cullen Jenkins wasn’t cheap. Jason Babin was most certainly not cheap. The list goes on…

            All teams have to go into a season with some salary cap money left to spend. This is in the event of an injury/etc. If someone goes down, and you have 0 dollars in salary cap… then do you just have a 52 man roster? Or 51, or 50? If you are healthy enough to make it through the season, good for you. I think veteran minimum is about a million a year now. So if you leave 5 million in cap money going in, that gives you flexibility to add 5 players due to injury throughout the year… IF you can find someone willing to play for the minimum. Otherwise, you need more cap dollars going into the season.

            But the cap dollars that are left this year transition to next year. Next year… when we have a better chance at winning something. Why spend the money this year on a wasted season when the talent can be better used next year?

        • Adam

          You realize salary cap money we don’t spend is NOT profit, right?

      • Loke1988

        The problem is they didn’t do their home work and coaching was getting worse by the year. Those free agents all got here and saw the disarray and Juan was the DC I believe. Little Howie got all enamored with himself with all the big names I think he just got a tad carried away. Meanwhile real GM’s like Newsome down in Crab town sit back and laugh at us so hard you can hear it on all the way up 95.

    • Richard Colton

      If this was August, I’d be arguing with you. Facts are stubborn things; what’s Casey done since he’s been here?

    • anon

      Well said. Wonder what Jared Cook would look like right now? Give Ertz a player to look up to.

      But Kelly like gym rats, I think he’s that.

      • BlindChow

        Cook can’t block. He might work over Cooper, though.

    • Loke1988

      There is no doubt in my mind the kids could contribute. His skill set appears different to me than Ertz and Celek. With his quickness and versatility he could be put in the backfield and motioned out etc. If Kelly was half as innovated as advertised this conversation wouldn’t be happening.

    • Adam

      “Trust me I know the salary cap and how it can be manipulated to appear all possible money is being spent when it clearly is not the case. ”

      I would absolutely love to hear you explain this. Because I’m sure the holes for poking are plentiful.

  • Will

    The Casey signing another among many Philly Blunders!

    • GEagle

      Stop it…just because Chip hasn’t bust out his 3TE package, doesn’t mean it’s a bad signing. Celek is getting cut at the end of the year and then he becomes the number two TE….you can’t crap n. 5yr signing after the 5th game…it’s not like we are lining up with 3TEs with igwanagu or whatever his name is playing over Casey

      • Token

        No way is casey here next season. They would be paying him 4 mil. Hes as good as gone. One of the many moves that should lead to Howies firing as soon as the last game is over.

        • cliff henny

          ’14 cap space 4m, 1m dead…heck, carrier kid in camp could do everything casey is bringing for 600k. free up 2.5m. i’d cut Casey.
          .
          Howie’s not going anywhere.

          • nicksaenz1

            Sadly… you forgot that… Howie’s not going anywhere, sadly.

          • EaglePete

            I love how I keep reading comments about cap space with this team. I dont get it, who cares about salary and cap space. I get its part of the equation but they can waste all the coin they want, not my money. Ill care when they are near the cap or going over, which is……..never.

        • GEagle

          Celek is gone, Casey stays

        • Loke1988

          “Howie had nothing to do with the Casey signing.” Jeffrey Lurie and I don’t give a crap if I misspelled his name. I do that to peeps I don’t like.

      • Will

        The Eagles would be better off going after a top flight safety with that kind of deal for a player who would start every down on Defense.

    • anon

      Only 5 games in man…

  • GEagle

    Wish our reporters would stfu and stop grilling Vick about when he will play til the point where he basically admitted that he prob won’t play…it’s Thursday! I. Prefer competitive advantage of not knowing. I can wait two days to find out if he plays or not

  • cliff henny

    chung needs to get healthy for Dallas. after watching Romo vs Denver, there’s no way i want Allen anywhere near the field. sure he’ll be out there though, cockroach Allen-cant get rid of him. coaches are saying Allen is improving, little hard to believe

    • theycallmerob

      I always figured Allen had a spot back there; if Wolff were to challenge anyone, it’d be Chung. The book on him was big and strong tackler. Allen would get to play to his strengths in center field. Turns out, Allen just doesn’t have any strengths.

      I get more impressed with Wolff every week. You can literally watch him make the mental mistakes on the field, but I often don’t see him repeating them. Not like Bad Angle Nate, who is certainly not a rookie. Wolff even covered Cruz well on a few plays last week.
      I think he and Chung represent the 2 best safeties this year. It would be tremendous if he uses all that athleticism in coverage as he gets more time. I just hope Chung returning doesn’t cut into his snaps.

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