Kelly: Nick Foles starter, for now

Updated: November 4, 2013, 7:37 PM ET
By Phil Sheridan | ESPN.com

Nick Foles' reward for tying an NFL record with seven touchdown passes in a game will be taking first-team reps in Tuesday's practice.

That's as far as Philadelphia Eagles coach Chip Kelly would go in his weekly news conference Monday.

With Michael Vick's hamstring still bothering him, Foles is the No. 1 quarterback. However, Kelly declined to say who the starter will be when Vick returns.

"I think you're more worried about it than [Foles] is," Kelly said, responding to a question of how he could tell Foles he's not the starter after Sunday's 49-20 lambasting of the Oakland Raiders.

As for Vick, Kelly said he had given up on a timetable. The original injury, sustained Oct. 6 against the New York Giants, was a "10-to-14-day injury," Kelly said.

"After we got past 10 to 14 days, I'm not thinking time frame anymore," Kelly said. "I can cross my fingers. I can hope. But I can't do anything about it."

Vick missed two games with the original hamstring injury but returned for the Oct. 27 game against the Giants at Lincoln Financial Field, a contest that Foles missed because of a concussion. But Vick reinjured the hamstring nine offensive plays into the game.

Kelly said Vick could not have played Sunday in Oakland. 

"They told me his leg is still sore and he can't go tomorrow [Tuesday's practice]," Kelly said.

Foles was named NFC Offensive Player of the Week after his first start, a victory against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers three weeks ago.

Foles played his worst NFL game the following week against the Dallas Cowboys before being knocked out with a concussion. After a week off, Foles returned with his seven-touchdown performance against the Raiders.

"I thought the Cowboys game was the exception, not the rule," Kelly said. "That was the first time I saw that out of him. So we'll work off the Tampa game and this game and go from there."

Cornerback Bradley Fletcher and left tackle Jason Peters both left Sunday's game with pectoral injuries. Kelly said Peters could have returned if needed.

"We'll see how they are as the week goes along here," Kelly said.

Phil Sheridan

ESPN Philadelphia Eagles reporter

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