The Philadelphia Eagles plan to start the rookie quarterback Monday night against the Carolina Panthers while veteran Michael Vick continues to heal from a concussion, a source who spoke to Foles told NFL.com's Ian Rapoport.
Recent reports on Vick's condition aren't promising. He was described last week as "heavy-eyed" and foggy. Eagles coach Andy Reid told the Philadelphia Inquirer's Jeff McLane, who first reported Foles' status as starter, that Vick still was in Phase 1 and "getting close to Phase 2" of the NFL's protocol for returning from a head injury. The second phase involves exercise challenges, a round of tests that Vick has yet to pass.
Foles was uneven in Sunday's 31-6 loss to the Washington Redskins, completing 21 of 46 passes for 204 yards and two interceptions. With the Eagles flailing, it makes sense to take a look at the young quarterback, but Reid told the Inquirer that Vick's starting job isn't in jeopardy.
"I told you before: Michael is the starting quarterback, and that's the way we work it until (he's healthy)," Reid said Wednesday. "Until he gets healthy, then we can't do anything."
The Eagles are a fading light in the NFC playoff picture, and Vick's time in Philadelphia almost certainly is coming to a close. We expect Foles to see increased playing time down the stretch, no matter Vick's condition.