Nick Foles is likely to make his second start of the season Sunday when the Dallas Cowboys visit the Eagles. Both Foles and Michael Vick practiced on Tuesday, although it was a light practice and Vick said his work was similar to last week.
A big test for Vick will be Wednesday's practice, but early indications are that Vick still needs more time to recover from a pulled left hamstring. He called the injury a "bad pull" and said he's still not near 100 percent.
"I feel it get better," Vick said Tuesday. "It's just when I try to work it, it's still there. I think another week of rehab will put me in a position where I can gain some confidence in it and doing the things I normally do."
Foles continues to take the first-team snaps at practice. Offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur said that the Eagles would continue going with Foles and that coach Chip Kelly would address the quarterback decision when both Vick and Foles are healthy.
"I'm going into this week like I always do. I work every day like I'm a starter," Foles said. "You get more reps with (the first-team offense). But no matter what happens -- if I'm not getting reps, I'm getting mental reps and what throws I didn't get if I'm not getting the first-team reps, I'm going to throw after, so it sort of works the same way."
When Vick was asked if the decision to return is his to make, he conceded there are multiple factors.
"We have too good of a (backup) quarterback to push it," Vick said.
Foles' first start left the Eagles in a strong position, although it also left them with uncertainty about who will start the remainder of the season. The Eagles' No. 2 quarterback went 22 of 31 for 296 yards and three touchdowns against Tampa Bay, along with a rushing score. He did not turn the ball over.
Since that performance, Kelly has declined to address who will start when Vick is healthy, essentially stimulating the quarterback controversy. With an unequivocal answer, there would be no debate. With the uncertainty, there is intrigue.
The quarterbacks say they don't think about it in those terms. Eventually, they're going to need to think. Certainly, Kelly must.
"I'll leave that for Chip," Vick said. "I'm not focused on what could be or what should be. Right now I have to rehab and I have to get myself back to 100 percent so I can help this team. I'm not going to try to make that determination right now."
Vick conceded that the timetable for his return would be different if he were a drop-back quarterback. But because of his running ability, he said he sees and feels the game differently than other quarterbacks. Further injury would push him back another two or three weeks, he said.
He noted that hamstring injuries are common for "fast guys," but they've never bothered him. However, he tried a different stretching regimen before he was injured against the Giants and tried overstriding rather than leaning when he ran. Vick said he knows what he did wrong and it will not occur again.
"I was just trying to do too much," Vick said. "That's how much I wanted to win the game."
Vick was healthy enough to be an emergency quarterback last week, but not healthy enough to start. He said he could play in an emergency situation, but it would be like a seven-on-seven drill.
"But seven-on-seven is kind of unrealistic on Sundays, because you've got people coming at you," Vick said. "So being an emergency guy, that's what I'm going to be, if that's the case."
Foles' performance would seem to instill the 24-year-old with confidence, but he insists he puts any performance behind him after 24 hours. In college, there were games that infused Foles with confidence and affected his next performance.
His quarterbacks coach at Arizona, Frank Scelfo, instilled in him the notion of the "24-hour rule," and Foles said it has made him a better player and helped him avoid the emotional turbulence of playing quarterback.
"As soon as those 24 hours are up, you move on," Foles said. "No matter what. You can throw four touchdowns, you can throw whatever. You can't go out here after you have a great game and have a horrible practice. What does that show the team?"
That's why Foles' attention is now on the Cowboys game. He'll likely start, and another sterling performance could continue to muddle a once-clear quarterback situation. But if there's any overt excitement from a victory that served as an endorsement for his ability to start, Foles refused to show it.
"When I see the game, I'm excited we won, it's exciting," Foles said. "But I also know from playing this game for a long time, last week's win can't win this week's game."
Safety Patrick Chung's shoulder injury involves a nerve, defensive coordinator Bill Davis said. Davis said Chung is experiencing pain and the injury is a "wild card." Chung did not practice on Tuesday. ... Tackle Jason Peters (shoulder) and running back Chris Polk (shoulder) attended practice but did not appear to participate. Tight end James Casey, who missed last week's game with a groin injury, returned to practice. The Eagles do not release an injury report on Tuesdays. ... Wide receiver Greg Salas was signed by the New York Jets off the Eagles' practice squad.
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