Wednesday, October 9, 2013
Vick still limited, other injury updates
By Phil Sheridan
PHILADELPHIA -- Quarterback Michael Vick was limited in practice Wednesday, according to the Eagles’ official injury report. But Vick did more than he had Tuesday, including some work in 7-on-7 drills, and told reporters his sore hamstring was “loosening” up.
Other Eagles still talked as if they expected backup Nick Foles to start in Tampa Sunday, but head coach Chip Kelly maintained that he could go with Vick at the last minute if he is cleared medically.
“We’ll see how he is and we’ll adjust accordingly,” Kelly said.
Kelly said Vick and safety Patrick Chung were “the two guys we have to keep an eye on this week,” but five other players were listed on the injury report.
Chung (shoulder), linebacker Connor Barwin (knee) and left tackle Jason Peters (finger) participated fully in practice, according to the report. Cornerback Brandon Boykin (groin), punter Donnie Jones (left foot) and running back Chris Polk (ankle) were limited.
Boykin is the most interesting name on the list. Reporters asked Kelly and defensive coordinator Bill Davis about their inclination to get the nickel corner more playing time. Both said Boykin is thriving in his role.
It also may be that the 5-foot-10, 185-pound Boykin is already taking as much punishment as his body can absorb. Boykin was on the injury report last week with a bruised shoulder. This week, it’s a groin pull.
As for Chung, it will be interesting to see how Davis reintegrates the veteran safety. The secondary looked much better against the Giants, and players talked about the importance of improved communication and familiarity with each other. Chances are, Chung, Nate Allen and Earl Wolff will continue to rotate at safety.
Chung is also the backup nickel corner, so he could see time there if Boykin is limited or aggravates his injury.