Eagles Notes: Vick Listed as Doubtful, Foles to Start
The Philadelphia Eagles will continue to see if they have found their franchise quarterback when they start Nick Foles on Sunday. Michael Vick was listed as doubtful on the teams Friday injury report, Vick just threw on the side for most of the week as he recovers from his aggravated hamstring pull.
"He's progressing. He's progressing," Eagles head coach Chip Kelly said about the status of Vick. "We'll see if can he get a little bit more in. But he didn't take any reps yesterday. Earlier when it happened, he got some reps in 7 on 7. Right now he's just going on individual drills."
Kelly officially listed Vick as doubtful for the game against the Packers, saying the quarterback is "limited." This will be the second game in a row the quarterback will miss since suffering a hamstring pull and the fourth overall game he will miss since suffering the injury against New York in Week Five of the season.
The Eagles will also likely have cornerback Bradley Fletcher available for their upcoming game, even though he received the 'questionable' tag. A pectoral injury kept the corner limited at practice on Wednesday and Thursday but he returned to work on a full basis on Friday.
The two big concerns for the Packers will be the availability of linebacker Clay Matthews Jr. and quarterback Aaron Rodgers.
Matthews appears on track to play in Sunday's game against the Eagles even though he was officially limited Thursday at Packers practice. If he suits up Sunday, he'll be unable to grip anything as he'll play with a club on his right hand after having thumb surgery. Getting Matthews back could be a big boost to the Packers defense that struggled on Monday night against the Bears.
"You obviously have to know where Clay is just because of how dynamic he is," explained Kelly.
While Packers head coach Mike McCarthy refused to rule out Rodgers for the game, he did strongly suggested Seneca Wallace will start against the Eagles on Sunday. Eagles defensive coordinator Billy Davis spoke on the differences between the Packers offense with Wallace in the game.
"I think the first thing that jumped out at me is they put a fullback in the game,' Davis explained. "With Aaron Rodgers, it's really three wides and one back. I don't know if it was the plan against Chicago, but Seneca [Wallace] went in, there was more of a two-back run feel to it. Still running the same offense. It's a high-efficiency offense. "