PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – Almost everyone believes Michael Vick will start at quarterback for the Eagles on Sunday, but Chip Kelly isn’t ready to say it yet.
Kelly remained noncommittal on Sunday’s start today at the Novacare facility.
“I don’t anticipate that,” Kelly said when asked if he’d be able to announce whether Michael Vick is ready to go today.
Vick mentioned that he’d try to sprint on Friday, and test out the hamstring. Kelly was vague about that as well.
“We haven’t talked about that yet. Just putting a game plan in, getting ‑‑ right now it’s Mike and Matt [Barkley], getting them comfortable with what we’re doing, and then we’ll see where Mike is,” Kelly said. “Mike had a good day yesterday running around, but again, it’s how do you respond the next day. We lifted this morning, so I’ll check with our strength and conditioning coaches, what was he like in the lifting session, do we have any pain, where are we from that standpoint.”
Kelly said that both first and second team QBs get the same number of reps, so both Vick and Barkley are getting the same amount of work in.
Kelly was also asked about Vick’s health going forward, given his injury history. Vick has been able to start all 16 games just once in his career.
“I think so far it’s a muscle pull, so I think ‑‑ that’s all I’ve had since I’ve been around him,” Kelly said. “I’m hoping that if we can clean up and our guys in the strength room are doing some different things with him from that standpoint so that this thing doesn’t occur again. So as we move forward, that’s what we try to do is we identify the problem and then we try to fix the problem.”