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Nick Foles medically cleared to practice for Eagles

Nick Foles has taken a step toward returning to the starting lineup.

Philadelphia Eagles offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur said Tuesday that Foles has been medically cleared to practice. The quarterback will split reps evenly with rookie Matt Barkley.

Foles suffered a concussion in Week 7 and missed last week's loss to the New York Giants.

It's a good sign that Foles, who should start if healthy, was able to practice early in the week. Getting Foles back would be huge, with Michael Vick sidelined due to a hamstring injury and Barkley not ready for a starter's role. The NFC East remains a very winnable division.

The Eagles plan to see how Foles responds as the week progresses before deciding whether he can start Sunday against the Oakland Raiders.

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