Chip Kelly Comments on Michael Vick's Availability for Week 6
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:
#Eagles Coach Chip Kelly: I don't know if Vick will play Sunday. Right now he's day to day.— Philadelphia Eagles (@Eagles) October 7, 2013
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 CSNPhilly.com, the severity of Vick's hamstring strain is unknown.
MRI on Vick revealed hammy pull. Chip doesn't know the grade.— Geoff Mosher (@GeoffMosherCSN) October 7, 2013
Zach Berman of the The Philadelphia Inquirer followed:
Chip on whether QB could change: "If someone comes in and puts on an unbelievable performance, you have to take it into account."— Zach Berman (@ZBerm) October 7, 2013
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.
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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 ESPN.com 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.
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