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Michael Vick confirms Nick Foles will start for Eagles

Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Michael Vick acknowledged Wednesday that his hamstring injury is worse than he thought it was going to be.

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In Thursday's joint press conference, which doubled as a "Vick and Nick" love fest, Vick confirmed that he will not play Sunday against the Cowboys.

"I've had some great, great battles with the Dallas Cowboys," Vick said, "And Nick (Foles) will have an opportunity to go out this week and experience that."

Vick went on to tell PhillyMag.com's Tim McManus that he expects to be back next week or maybe the week after.

In the meantime, Vick and Foles are a picture of solidarity.

"I love Mike," Foles responded when asked about the nascent quarterback competition. "We're gonna always root for one another."

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Vick returned the favor, lightly scolding reporters for underestimating Foles' abilities.

"What people don't know is that Nick is very athletic," Vick explained. "You'll start to see it as time goes on, but I've always admired the things he can do. I mean, the things you don't see when we out in practice, the way he handles the football, the way he moves around, it translates over when he's on the field."

The mutual admiration suggests there will be very little controversy in Philadelphia regardless of coach Chip Kelly's quarterback choice in the coming weeks.

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