Starting quarterback Kevin Kolb and starting middle linebacker Stewart Bradley are not yet cleared to practice after suffering concussions last Sunday against the Green Bay Packers, head coach Andy Reid said on Wednesday. Reid said they won't be able to practice until Friday at the earliest and added that, as of now, Bradley is ahead of Kolb in their respective recoveries.
Michael Vick will get all the snaps as the first-team quarterback today and tomorrow, just as Omar Gaither will do at middle linebacker.
Reid reiterated that Kolb is the team's starting quarterback.
"I don't want to slight Michael (Vick) at all on this, because I'm so happy for him and the progress he's made since being incarcerated in his life and on the football field," Reid said, "On the other hand, Kevin's the starting quarterback for this football team."
Still, Reid said he's seen a lot of improvement in Vick in the year that he's been with the team.
"He's done very well picking up (our offensive system)," Reid said. "He's worked very hard, conditioning wise but also on the fundamentals of playing the position.
"It's important that he focuses in on being in that pocket and throwing the football. He's done that since he got here ... I feel comfortable with him, if he doesn't run, staying right (in the pocket) and playing the game."
As for Gaither, Reid said he has plenty of confidence in the veteran.
"Omar's a very intelligent guy," Reid said. "Being a backup, he's one of those guys who doesn't need a lot of reps to pick up the game plan ... If he ends up being the starter (on Sunday), he'll step in and do a fine job."
If Vick and Gaither do end up starting on Sunday, they won't be the only newcomers to the starting lineup. Mike McGlynn will step in at center for Jamaal Jackson, who suffered a season-ending triceps tear in the opener. Pro Bowl fullback Leonard Weaver will also need to be replaced.
"We've got some guys that can step in and play (fullback)," Reid said. "Mike Bell has played the fullback position before. Owen Schmitt, who we brought in, has played in this system in the Holmgren regime (with the Seattle Seahawks), so he knows the offense."
The Eagles won't be the only team on Sunday beset by injuries, as the Lions will be starting veteran journeyman Shaun Hill under center in place of their starting quarterback Matt Stafford, who suffered a shoulder injury last week.
"He's a very good quarterback," Reid said of Hill. "He's an intelligent guy that is very quick to make his reads and very accurate with the football and he's got great command of the offense.
"I was impressed with him when he was with the 49ers. I was impressed with him in the preseason this year and for what he did on Sunday. He's a guy that can step in and do very well for them."
Reid also said that the Eagles will not add another quarterback to the roster in the case that Kolb is unable to play on Sunday.
-- Posted by Bo Wulf, 12:10 p.m., September 15