By Anthony Caruso III
Posted: November 10th, 2013 at 12:31 pm EST
The Philadelphia Eagles are going to use quarterback Nick Foles until former starter Michael Vick will be able to return.
Today, Foles gets the call with Matt Barkley as his backup in Green Bay, as the Eagles take on the Packers at 1 pm on Fox Sports. But Vick, who has been dealing with a hamstring injury, is expected to be back after the Eagles bye week in three weeks.
Vick said to the NFL Network’s Albert Breer that he’s a week or two away from being able to return. But the real question if is Vick will ever get the starting job after Foles’ seven touchdown performance last week.
His performance against the Packers will also help decide what the Eagles do in the coming weeks with their quarterback situation. With Foles in, they are giving him a longer leash, because they are working on finding out if he’s a franchise quarterback.
Vick does not have a future in Philadelphia, as he is on a one-year contract, and Foles may start the rest of the season. Head coach Chip Kelly may do that even if Foles is not lighting up the scoreboard, because Vick has been injury prone.
In six games, Vick has completed 77 of 141 for 1,215 yards and only had one 300-plus yard game. He has five touchdowns to three interceptions. He also has 34 rushes for 308 yards and two touchdowns.
If Vick doesn’t get in another game, he would play in less than 10 games for just the third time in his career. The last time that happened was a decade ago, as he played in just 5 games during the 2003 season.
He also played in 8 games during his rookie campaign during the 2001 season.