Report: Eagles’ Michael Vick will not play on Sunday because of hamstring injury
Although he participated fully in practice on Friday, Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Michael Vick will not play during Sunday’s game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers because of a hamstring injury, ESPN.com’s Phil Sheridan is reporting.
Second-year backup Nick Foles will start in his place, with rookie USC product Matt Barkley serving as the backup.
Vick was a limited participant in practice throughout the week and was listed as questionable on the injury report. He left last week’s game against the New York Giants in the second quarter after scrambling to evade a pass rusher.
The 33-year-old has missed at least three games in each of the last three seasons.
That optimistic designation could have been used for two reasons — to keep the Buccaneers guessing as long as possible or just in case Vick felt dramatically improved on game day. Listing Vick as doubtful might have drawn attention from the league office if the veteran quarterback had played.
All along, coach Chip Kelly has said he would not put Vick “in harm’s way.”
While Vick was moving and throwing the ball fluidly in practices Wednesday and Thursday, the hamstring would really be tested if he had to move suddenly to avoid an opposing defender.
Vick has thrown for 1,185 yards and five touchdowns while rushing for 307 yards and two touchdowns in five games this season.
In a 36-21 win over the Giants last week, Foles completed 16 of 25 passes for 197 yards and two touchdowns.