Mike Vick Doubtful For Eagles, Nick Foles Remains Starting QB
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By Kevin McGuire
The Philadelphia Eagles listed quarterback Michael Vick and linebacker Jake Knott as doubtful when the team heads to Green Bay to take on the Packers this weekend. With Vick doubtful, Nick Foles is expected to get another start under center following his NFL record day against the Oakland Raiders last Sunday.
It may actually be more likely rookie Matt Barkley serves as the team’s first back-up option if needed Sunday in Green Bay.
Like Vick, Knott is also bothered by a hamstring. Knott was limited in practice on Wednesday and did not practice on Thursday, although he did get a full practice in Friday before the team prepared to leave town.
Aside from Knott, one defensive player in question for Sunday’s game is corner back Bradley Fletcher. Fletcher has a pectoral injury that has scaled him back in practices this week but he feels comfortable and believes he could start Sunday. Friday’s walkthrough was the only full practice he took part in this past week. If Fletcher does not start, Brandon Boykin should slide in to the starting line-up.
It is unknown what the status for wide receiver Riley Cooper or linebacker Mychal Kendricks will be this weekend. Cooper was out Friday due to illness, but was in full practices earlier this week, so he could still be good to go after a big game in Oakland. Kendricks has an ankle injury but was in full practices earlier in the week as well.
Defensive back Roc Carmichael (groin), safety Patrick Chung (shoulder), wide receiver Damaris Johnson (ankle), offensive tackle Jason Peters (pectoral, shoulder), running back Chris Polk, defensive end Cedric Thornton (knee) and center Julian Vandevelde (knee) are all listed as probable for Sunday’s road game against the Packers as well. Of those players, the biggest loss would be offensive tackle Jason Peters, although Damaris Johnson has been a fixture on special teams as well this season.
- CB Bradley Fletcher (pectoral)
- LB Jake Knott (hamstring)
- QB Michael Vick (hamstring)
- CB Roc Carmichael (groin)
- S Patrick Chung (shoulder)
- WR Damaris Johnson (ankle)
- OT Jason Peters (pectoral, shoulder)
- RB Chris Polk (shoulder, knee)
- DE Cedric Thonrton (knee)
- C Julian Vandervelde (knee)
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Kevin McGuire is a Philadelphia area sports writer covering the Philadelphia Eagles and college football. McGuire is a member of the FWAA and National Football Foundation. Follow McGuire on Twitter @KevinOnCFB. His work can be found on Examiner.com.