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Sunday, Nov. 18, 2012

Eagles say Vick won't be ready to face Redskins

AP

PHILADELPHIA — The news wasn't surprising to Nick Foles.

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Out of action: Philadelphia Eagles QB Michael Vick, seen here leaving the field after suffering a concussion against the Dallas Cowboys last weekend, will not play on Sunday against the Washington Redskins. AP

Or anybody else, for that matter.

After all, the Philadelphia Eagles rookie quarterback had practiced with the first team all week, and the starter at his position, Michael Vick, hadn't even touched the field since he left it with a concussion six days ago.

So, when Philadelphia coach Andy Reid on Friday officially ruled Vick out of Sunday's game vs. Washington, and named Foles the starter, there weren't many out there shocked by the expected proclamation. Certainly not the third-round pick from Arizona who has been preparing for his first NFL start his whole life.

"We've had a great week of preparation, a lot of hard work, and it definitely has sunk in," Foles said. "I'm ready to go."

Eagles fans certainly hope so.

When Foles and Philadelphia take the field Sunday in a matchup of disappointing 3-6 teams, there will be plenty at stake. Any chance of getting back in the NFC East race depends on this team making a run. Reid's future — and perhaps even Foles' as a full-time starter — also depend on it.

No pressure, or anything.

"We have a great group of guys here, great coaches. I feel great. I felt great ever since I got here. I felt like it's a home. We have fun together. We have fun out there at practice together and in the locker room," Foles said. "It's a great environment to play in, it's a great environment to go to work in. I feel comfortable in everything and I'm ready to go play for these guys."

Vick, meanwhile, will be resting this weekend, and spending time in "in dark, quiet places," according to head trainer Rick Burkholder, who spoke to reporters at the Eagles training facility on Friday.

"He has too many symptoms for us to even exercise him," Burkholder said. "He's not even close to playing this week."

Reid finally made the announcement official after the team's final practice of the week, confirming a decision that had been in the works since Monday. It was only because Vick had not completed the league-mandated concussion testing earlier in the week, that Reid did not officially rule him out earlier.

"That was one of his goals, obviously, to stay healthy all season. He's a very considerate guy, and he feels like he lets people down, and his teammates down," Reid said of Vick. "And that's not the case, he's hurt. But he's one of the most competitive, toughest guys I've been around."

Vick completed just six passes for 70 yards vs. Dallas before leaving. The Eagles lost, 38-23.

"The one thing that we look at is that we want to see whether his cognitive function is down. We do that through impact testing. He did take an impact test today," Burkholder said. "He's below baseline, so that's another indicator that he's not ready to play."

Foles was 22 of 32 for 219 yards with a touchdown and an interception against the Cowboys. Those numbers weren't enough to help the Eagles avoid their fifth straight loss, a first in Reid's 14 seasons.



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