Vick Back At Practice And “Close To 100 Percent”
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PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Michael Vick is back practicing after injuring his ribs last week and Eagles offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg says he’s “real close to 100 percent.”
Vick returned to the field Sunday night for the Philadelphia’s annual practice party at Lincoln Financial Field. He left last Monday night’s game after taking a hard hit that left him with bruised ribs and didn’t play in Friday’s game at Cleveland.
“I thought he threw the ball last night just beautifully; threw it strong and aggressively,” Mornhinweg said Monday. “So, I think he’s ready to rock and roll. That’s my point on that. I think he’s ready to go.”
Vick has taken just 12 snaps in two preseason games and isn’t expected to play against the Jets on Thursday.
“I think in that ballgame that he got hurt, I think he would have played in the game if it was a regular season game,” Mornhinweg said. “I don’t know that for sure, but that was just my thought at the time.”
The more important thought in the coordinator’s mind right now, revolves around the backup quarterbacks. Philadelphia has Mike Kafka, Trent Edwards and Nick Foles in the fold right now.
“Well, we haven’t come to that decision. We’ve got some days of practice and the last preseason game to evaluate that and discuss it,” he said. “We’ve really — and I think we discussed this early in training camp — we’ve got a host of running backs that are very good. We’ve got four quarterbacks here (who) really can play at a high level. Those are good things. Those are good things that you have to come to a decision on at some point here and it’s coming up pretty quick.”
Foles, a rookie who was a standout at Arizona, has been impressive in the preseason. He threw two touchdown passes in the first quarter and led the Eagles to a 27-10 victory over the Cleveland Browns last Friday. Foles finished the victory 12 of 19 for 146 yards with one interception.
“That choice has not been made,” Mornhinweg said when asked if Foles had been labeled the No. 2 yet. “We’ve got several different things to evaluate there. I certainly have great confidence in all of our quarterbacks to do all of the jobs that we would ask them to do: back-up and the number three. (Quarterbacks coach) Doug Pederson has done just an outstanding job with all four of the quarterbacks.”
The Eagles (No. 8 in the AP Pro32), who closed the regular season on a four-game winning streak last year, are 3-0 this preseason and have scored 78 points along the way.