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Injury Report: "(WR) Jason Avant will not practice today and will be listed as out with a hamstring. (WR) Mardy Gilyard won't practice today, but he's making progress. (RB) Chris Polk will be listed as out with the toe sprain. (WR) Jeremy Maclin, who had the lower back, is making progress. He went through the walk-through and is doing okay there. He might be able to do some things.

"(G) Danny Watkins will practice. (QB) Michael (Vick) is going through all of the protocol to get himself evaluated with a concussion. Right now, he's in the stage where he needs rest, and that's what he's doing. The headaches have subsided a bit. What I'll do is I'll bring (head athletic trainer) Rick (Burkholder) in later in the week and let him give you an update on it. He is meeting with Rick daily and getting what treatment he can for it. The main thing right now is just rest. He has not been tested, and right now he's going through the rest part of it."

On whether Vick will be listed as out for this week's game: "No. I'm taking him right through the protocol that you normally do. It's important that you do that. That's how we're doing it."

On whether he still has the headaches: "They've subsided quite a little bit. He's feeling a little bit better in that area."

On whether there is a cut-off date when they have to rule him out: "I don't know that. Again, we're taking it day by day and making sure we evaluate him. I'm not evaluating him. Our doctors and trainers are evaluating him."

On the ramping up process for QB Nick Foles: "He's around here all the time, and he spends a lot of time in this building getting himself right. You have to do that when you're the relief pitcher as the backup. He's used to that workload and he's continuing on with that. He came in yesterday and made sure he put in a few hours. He's going to handle it like he's going. Whether he does or not, we'll see how that works out. That's how we have to handle that right now."

On whether Reid has to remind Foles not to try and do too much: "He needs to be himself. If he has that opportunity, just be yourself and run the offense."

On whether Reid has simplified the offense for Foles: "No. He's fairly comfortable with what we have in."

On whether Watkins is back as the starter at right guard: "Watkins is working in at right guard."

On what the situation will be at tackle: "We have the same two, and then (Dennis) Kelly can play out there. Those three will rotate at the tackle spots."

On whether he has plans for newly-acquired G Jake Scott: "We'll see how he does. We'll get him in and he played in this offense in college. Then, he knows (offensive line coach) Howard (Mudd)'s technique obviously so he can work in. He rotates everybody in."

On whether he could come in and start right away: "I don't know exactly where he's at right now. I wouldn't be able to tell you that because he hasn't played in a little bit here. I'll see him go out, move around, and see what he can do. He has been a solid starter for five years or so. He's a pretty good player."

On his impressions of Redskins QB Robert Griffin III during the Combine: "I think RG III is a heck of player. I think he's a good kid. He's a smart kid and a good football player. You can do a lot of things with him."

On what challenge Griffin III presents on Sunday: "They run some of the things that he ran at Baylor, which I think is smart. Bringing a rookie in to start, you bring in some things that he is familiar with. He does that very well. You have the option game and the run game that you have to deal with. They are one of the top run teams in the NFL right now. They have a good, young running back and a good quarterback. Their offensive line is playing well."

On whether the Eagles had any interest of drafting him after they talked to Griffin III at the combine: "I love talking to all those quarterbacks, and he was one of them. We weren't in a position where we were going to be picking him, but I wanted to see what he was all about. I liked what I saw, yeah."

On why college quarterbacks seem to be having more immediate success in the league: "It's as simple as the offenses in college now are geared to throwing. These kids are coming out and they've seen the blitzes, they've thrown the football. They've done it in short-yardage situations, in long-yardage situations and everything in between. I think that pays off for them once they get to this (level). Even though it's a little different offense, they have confidence in themselves throwing the football and they can see. They can see the safeties and corners where they're at."

On whether quarterbacks appear to be more developed in the last five years than they had been before: "I would say that's kind of where it started, right in that area. You go back a little bit further and it's really magnified there. But the spread's been about five years or so where it's really been in the majority of the (college level)."

On whether the fact that quarterbacks at the college level have thrown the ball more helps  Foles: "I think that part's helped Nick. I think it helped him in the preseason. You saw him get in there and throw the ball around. He had confidence doing it. I definitely think that."

On whether there is anything he can do as a coach to take the anxiety out of Foles' first start: "He's confident in his ability. If it comes down to where he has that opportunity, I think he'd be excited and (with) his personality type, it would be more of a positive than it would be a negative. I think he's wired that way."

On whether he believes there is anything he needs to do to remove any anxiety from Foles: "No, I don't think there's anything you'd have to do if he's in that situation."

On his message to the team this week: "Just go play. Go play, one play at a time. Go play. Enjoy the game. That's what this is all about. You're in the National Football League. You play for the Philadelphia Eagles. Go enjoy the game."

On his level of confidence in Foles: "I have a lot of confidence in him. That's why we brought him here."

On whether enough of the players enjoy playing the game right now: "Yeah, I think they do. I think they do. We've got a good group; I've said that from the beginning."

On whether WR Riley Cooper will move into the slot position or play outside in the absence of WR Jason Avant: "We've got a couple different combinations that we can do there, just depending on the play. We've got mixture in the run game; we've got mixture in the pass game. It's a good combination."

On the progression of DE Vinny Curry and whether he will make his debut soon: "We'll see. We'll see how that works out. We have so many numbers there. That's the thing and we've got some experience with (DE Darryl) Tapp and (other guys). We'll just see how all that works out though. He's working in though. He's repping in during practice, so there's always that chance."

On whether he has had the chance to talk to Vick about his mindset since the injury: "Listen, Michael's in a good place. He's hurting a little bit from the concussion, but he's in a good place. I haven't tried to overburden him right now. I want him to rest right now. That's part of this protocol here that when you understand about the concussions, they recommend that. We've tried to keep him away from here, out of the light and resting. That's kind of what he's doing. Trying to get him to feel a little bit better. Like I said, the headaches are subsiding just a bit so that's a good thing."

On whether he has an idea when Vick's first set of tests will begin: "I don't. I leave all that up to (head athletic trainer) Rick (Burkholder) and the doctors. I'll get Rick with you later in the week. He can give you the update and how he went about it, one way or the other."

On whether Vick has had a CT scan yet: "No. That's later."

On the philosophy on keeping five defensive tackles and four ends active rather than vice versa: "Some of it depends on the team and what they do. You have that flexibility to do that. The other part is that is (DT Mike) Patterson ready to take 30-plus reps? I've tried to keep his numbers down a little bit, just until he gets back without forcing it; still bring him back and give him a chance."

On whether he expects Vick to come back at some point this season: "Yeah, I think so. I've just got to see. I don't know that. He hasn't gone through any of the tests so far, so right now, he's just in that resting stage. We'll see how it goes. I can't tell you."

On whether LB DeMeco Ryans should have a beat on the Washington offense due to his time facing the same offense in Houston: "Well, it's similar. The zone-blocking part is the same. It's just the option part (that's) a little bit different."

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