Kelly not naming Foles as long-term starter

Updated: November 4, 2013, 2:03 PM ET


By
Phil Sheridan | ESPN.com


Nick Foles‘ reward for tying the 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 head coach Chip Kelly would go in his weekly Monday press conference. With Michael Vick‘s hamstring still bothering him, Foles is the No. 1 quarterback.

However, Kelly declined to say who the starter is 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 due to a concussion. But Vick re-injured the hamstring nine offensive plays into last Sunday’s 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 Dallas 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.

  • Spent past decade as sports columnist
    at Philadelphia Inquirer
  • Philadelphia native has covered Eagles
    in various roles since 1985

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