The chances Michael Vick, who is recovering from a rib injury, playing against his former team when the Falcons visit the Eagles Sunday increased today. The chances of Vick starting at quarterback though, took a big hit.
Eagles head coach Andy Reid announced that Kevin Kolb would start on Sunday, but added that there is a chance Vick might dress. “We’ll just see, we’ll see how it works here in the next few days,” Reid said.
Vick took snaps at practice and threw a handful of passes, but is still listed as questionable for Sunday’s game. Kevin Kolb took all of the snaps with the first team offense.
“I’m not going to tell you he’s pain free, but he doesn’t have the same pain is what I’m saying, as what he had before,” said Reid. “He went out and was able to function out there.”
Vick confirmed that he’s not in as much pain. “I can tolerate it and it’s not as bad as it was two days ago. Each day I’ve made progress and that’s a good thing,” he said.
It’s unknown whether Vick would be dressed as the backup quarterback or the third-stringer. If he’s the backup, the Eagles have plenty of plays in their expansive playbook that get Vick onto the field with Kevin Kolb, since they went into the season with Vick as the backup. The Eagles also used Vick as a change of pace prior to Kolb’s concussion that shook the foundation of Philadelphia’s quasi-stable quarterback situation.
That could leave the Falcons twisting in the wind a bit, forced to prepare for the possibility of seeing Vick on the field in a variety of roles. Vick wouldn’t tip his hand on how he might be used, or whether or not he even knows that yet.
“I would like to be involved, but like I said whatever my role is, whatever we can do, that’s what we’ll do,” Vick said.
Defensive tackle Brodrick Bunkley (elbow) and left tackle Jason Peters (knee) did not practice and are out on Sunday. Reid said Peters was walking around already after his arthroscopic surgery to repair his meniscus, but would not speculate on a time table for his return.
Wide receiver Riley Cooper (concussion) was limited in practice and his availability is questionable Sunday. Cooper has already passed all of his tests to be cleared by the outside doctor, but Reid said they’re moving slowly because some of his symptoms have returned.
Tight end Brent Celek (wrist), guard Nick Cole (knee), guard Todd Herremans (knee), tackle Austin Howard (back), running back LeSean McCoy (rib) and corner back Dimitri Patterson (back) participated in practice and are probable for Sunday’s game.
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