For the second consecutive week the Philadelphia Eagles will go with rookie quarterback Nick Foles behind center due to Michael Vick not being cleared by the team’s medical staff to participate in football activities following the concussion which he suffered versus the Dallas Cowboys on November 11.
According to a report from the Philadelphia Inquirer on Friday, Foles not only took all of the first team reps in practice on Wednesday, but he also will get the start on Monday night when the Eagles host the Carolina Panthers on Monday Night Football at Lincoln Financial Field.
The media outlet also reported that Vick has yet to fully recover from the concussion which is why he hasn’t practiced or been cleared to play by the Eagles medical team.
Last week in Vick’s absence the Eagles fell to their division rivals the Washington Redskins embarrassingly by a score of 31-6. In Foles first start as a NFL signal caller, the rookie from Arizona completed just 21 of his 46 pass attempts for 204 yards and two interceptions while failing to drive the Eagles offense to a touchdown. In Foles other extensive time on an NFL field versus the Cowboys, once Vick exited the game due to the concussion, the rookie quarterback fared much better passing for 219 yards, one touchdown and one interception while completing 22 of his 32 pass attempts.
Foles will now have to play under the bright lights of Monday for the first time in his career, while attempting to keep Philly’s season from completely exploding. There is also some speculation floating around that Vick is in fact healthy enough to play, but the team is holding him out because they want to see exactly what Foles can provide them with.