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No Practice For Vick, McCoy

Posted Nov 21, 2012

Head coach Andy Reid said that quarterback Michael Vick and running back LeSean McCoy are both still in phase one of the concussion recovery process. Neither player will practice on Wednesday.

Vick is closer to returning than McCoy. Vick was with the team in meetings on Wednesday and also on the sidelines to watch the team walkthrough. McCoy still is suffering from headaches. Reid did not rule out either player for the Monday night game against Carolina as the team is taking is day by day with both players.

If Vick is unable to play, Nick Foles will make his second straight start. Reid said again that Vick will be starter when he's healthy.

"If he plays this week, it'll give him another opportunity to get better then we go from there," Reid said of Foles. "The important thing with Michael is that he's healthy. I think number one, you don't want to put him at risk. You want to make sure you're listening to the doctors, the trainers. Michael is listening to them. I'm listening to them. We're smart with that. That's what I look at right now."

If McCoy is sidelined, seventh-round pick Bryce Brown will make his first-career start. Dion Lewis would rotate in as well since Chris Polk is not practicing on Wednesday and will be likely out with his toe sprain.

Reid understands the challenge that winning with a rookie quarterback and running back would present.

"(Vick and McCoy) are great players, but the guys who are stepping in I've got confidence that they can do the job," Reid said. "It's an opportunity for them. You don't look back. You go forward. That's what you do. If those guys, if they don't play, then next guy steps in and let's roll. Let's go."

Reid did say that the same five members of the offensive line would start again on Monday with King Dunlap at left tackle, Evan Mathis at right guard, Dallas Reynolds at center, Jake Scott at right guard and Dennis Kelly at right tackle.

There will be some added rookie impact on the defensive side of the ball as second-round pick Vinny Curry will be active for the first time this season on Monday night.

"It's time we take a look at him," Reid said. "I'll just see how it works here throughout the week here, how he practices."

Wide receiver Jason Avant (hamstring) will not practice. Defensive tackle Cullen Jenkins (foot/ankle sprain) will not practice, but should be fine for Monday, per Reid. Offensive tackle Jason Peters was on the sidelines for the walkthrough, but is not yet ready to practice. He has done on-field work with trainers which includes drills and lateral cutting.

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