The evolving Philadelphia Eagles quarterback situation took another turn on Wednesday, with Michael Vick declaring his hamstring injury is worse than he initially expected. Reuben Frank of CSNPhilly.com passed along comments from Vick on his hamstring, which he injured in Week 5:
"Worse than I thought." A discouraged Michael Vick talks about his lack of progress: http://t.co/C1xycPNzor— Reuben Frank (@RoobCSN) October 16, 2013
Vick was active as the third, emergency quarterback last Sunday, but he watched on as Nick Foles went 22-of-31 for 296 yards and three touchdowns in a 31-20 win at Tampa Bay. For his efforts, Foles was named NFC Offensive Player of the Week, as announced by the Eagles' official Twitter account on Wednesday:
With Vick practicing fully on Friday last week, coach Chip Kelly did his best to deflect quarterback questions on Monday, saying he wanted to see how Vick's injury progressed. From Vick's comments to Frank, it sounds like the veteran QB's balky hamstring will make Kelly's decision easy.
“I want to get back out there, but I can’t,” Vick told Frank. “I try to burst and run, I can’t do it. Just hoping it’s not a long time.”
That doesn't sound like a player who is going to be ready for starting duties in four days, and there's little chance Kelly would tab Vick unless he's feeling 100 percent. With the way Foles is throwing the ball right now, there's no reason to rush Vick back into duty.
Once Vick went down in Week 5, Foles stepped in and led the Eagles to a 36-21 win. As for his big Week 6 performance, Director of NFC Football Communications Randall Liu also provided some historical context:
Could this be the end of Michael Vick's career as an NFL starting quarterback? It sure looks that way right now.
If Foles keeps up his production, there's reason to believe he'll still be atop the depth chart when 33-year-old Vick returns to full health. It's not an unprecedented move—we saw Colin Kaepernick take over for Alex Smith last year in San Francisco—and all signs point to it happening in Philadelphia.