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With Michael Vick Battling Concussion, Nick Foles Could Start For Eagles

By ZAC BOYER | @ZacBoyer

ASHBURN – With Michael Vick nursing what Philadelphia head coach Andy Reid termed “a pretty significant concussion,” the Eagles may proceed with rookie Nick Foles, a third-round draft pick out of Arizona, as their starting quarterback against the Washington Redskins on Sunday.


Vick was knocked out of Philadelphia’s 38-23 loss to Dallas in the second quarter and Foles entered in relief to complete 22 of 32 passes with 217 yards, a touchdown and an interception.

“Obviously, we’ve got to get ready for both,” Redskins head coach Mike Shanahan said Monday. “We’re not too sure what the situation is, so we’ll kind of wait and see there. With the concussion that he had, I don’t think you’re ever really sure.”

The 6-foot-6, 243-pound Foles played in all four games for the Eagles during the preseason, starting two, and completed 63.5 percent of his passes for 553 yards and six touchdowns with two interceptions. He had a quarterback rating of 110.1, which was third amongst all quarterbacks during the preseason who attempted at least 14 passes.

Redskins defensive end Stephen Bowen didn’t watch the Eagles’ loss to the Cowboys on Sunday, but said he saw the highlights afterward. He began thinking about what that would mean for the upcoming game.

“We think about Foles playing, but we’ve got to prepare as if Vick’s going to play,” Bowen said. “I’m sure Vick’s doing the same thing – doing the necessary things to make sure he’s ready to go, so we’ve got to do the same thing.”