Mike Vick a Full Participant at Eagles Practice Friday
Michael Vick was a full participant in Friday's practice, but is listed as questionable for week six against the Bucs. The Philadelphia Inquirer reports Vick is "doubtful" to play.
So it sounds like the Eagles will likely be without Vick when they travel to Raymond James Stadium, but all indications are that quarterback will return next week after leaving last weeks game with a hamstring injury.
"I get a feel from Mike that he is improving, and I just go day by day," coach Chip Kelly said Thursday.
The uncertain status of Vick, who missed the second half of Philadelphia's win over New York because of a hamstring injury that cropped up late in the second quarter could prove to be a blessing for the Eagles, leaving the Bucs preparing for two different quarterbacks.. He has practiced on a limited basis this week, which typically doesn't bode well for a player's chances of playing, but Kelly was encouraged by the progress Vick has made.
"Mike got through all individuals and got a little work in seven on seven, so we'll see if he can expand on that," Kelly said. "We'll get a feel when he gets down there and starts running around."
Vick is listed as questionable, a designation that equates to a 50 percent chance of playing.
Tight end James Casey is also listed as questionable with a groin injury that kept him working on a limited basis on Friday.
Vick though is a virtual lock to miss Sunday's game because that hamstring that kept him from practicing fully all this week. That means Nick Foles will start at quarterback.
While that quarterback shuffle isn't ideal for a offense that wants to run the ball with the read-option. Foles did start at quarterback in Tampa in his rookie season of 2012, when he went 32-of-51 for 381 yards with two touchdowns and no interceptions.
"I think Nick has the ability to be a starter in this league, and we're excited about him," Kelly stated. "If the opportunity presents itself on Sunday then I am excited to see Nick out there. I thought he did a great job in the second half, getting us down the field, especially the first drive at the end of the first half against the Giants, putting us into field goal range."
Patrick Chung will return to secondary that has also been without him the past two games, however, he seems on target to play Sunday.
"Yeah. You know, he went through yesterday," Kelly said. "We want to see how he rebounds. He went through everything full yesterday, so how does he rebound today, is there any residual effect from it, so today is a big day for Pat."
• NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports rookie CB Johnthan Banks is the latest Buccaneers player to contract an MRSA staph infection. Kicker Lawrence Tynes and LG Carl Nicks were the first two Bucs to get infected, and Nicks recently experienced a recurrence of symptoms.
• Mike Williams (hamstring) did not participate in Bucs practice Friday. Williams will be a game-time decision for Sunday's matchup with the Eagles.