Chip Kelly Comments on Michael Vick's Availability for Week 6

Alex Espinoza@AlexEspinozaIVCorrespondent IIIOctober 7, 2013

PHILADELPHIA, PA - AUGUST 09:  Head coach head coach Chip Kelly talks with  Michael Vick #7 during the game against the New England Patriots on August 9, 2013 at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia, Pennslyvania.  (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
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Philadelphia Eagles head coach Chip Kelly could have to call a major audible for his team's Week 6 matchup against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers as starting quarterback Michael Vick recovers from a hamstring injury. Philadelphia's team Twitter account passed along comments from Kelly during Monday's media session:

Vick appeared to injure his hamstring on a quarterback scramble in the second quarter of Sunday's 36-21 Week 5 win over the NFC East rival New York Giants. According to Geoff Mosher of, the severity of Vick's hamstring strain is unknown.  

Zach Berman of the The Philadelphia Inquirer followed:

It's too bad for Vick that he got injured in the same week that he was on pace to have more than 150 yards rushing. Before his injury, Vick had 79 rushing yards on seven carries while going 6-of-14 for 105 yards through the air.


Second-year quarterback Nick Foles, who made six starts down the stretch last year, entered the game for Vick and led the Eagles to a win against the reeling G-Men. Foles performed well, going 16-of-25 for 197 yards and two touchdowns, but Phil Sheridan of wrote that Vick will remain the team's starter for now.

When Vick was asked if he would be good to go on Sunday against the Buccaneers, Sheridan reported that Vick said, "I believe so."

Vick's injury comes during a season when the 33-year-old is proving that he still has the speed and vision to be one of the league's elite dual-threat quarterbacks in Kelly's creative offense. He is on pace for more than 982 rushing yards this year, which would be the second-highest total of his career behind the NFL single-season quarterback record 1,039 yards he piled up for the Falcons in 2006.