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Vick Not Ruled Out For Sunday

Head coach Andy Reid said that quarterback Michael Vick is continuing to rest and recover from the concussion that he suffered Sunday against Dallas. However, Reid would not rule out Vick for this Sunday's game against Washington.

Before Vick can return to the field, he must pass a series of tests and be cleared by a neurologist. At this point, Vick has not yet begun the series of tests because he is still experiencing headaches, although Reid said that they have "subsided a little bit." Vick has been meeting with head athletic trainer Rick Burkholder every day to get whatever treatment he can.

Quarterback Nick Foles took the first-team reps in Wednesday's practice and will start Sunday if Vick is unable to play.

"He's going to handle it like he's going. Whether he does or not, we'll see how that works out," Reid said. "That's how he has to handle it right now.

"He's around here all the time. He spends a lot of time here in the building getting himself right. You have to do that when you're the relief pitcher as the backup. He's used to that workload. He's continuing on with that."

The quarterback position is not the only one that has been hit by injury. Just look at the Eagles' wide receivers. Reid definitely ruled out wide receiver Jason Avant, who suffered a hamstring injury against Dallas. Mardy Gilyard missed Wednesday's practice with a hamstring injury, which has sidelined him in the past two contests. Jeremy Maclin is battling a lower back strain, but expects to play Sunday.

Running back Chris Polk will miss his second straight game with a toe sprain.

The Eagles did get some good news as right guard Danny Watkins practiced. He has been sidelined with an ankle sprain. Watkins said he will play and Reid said that Watkins will move back to his right guard position. The Eagles signed veteran guard/tackle Jake Scott on Monday. Reid wants to see what type of game shape he is in before determining whether he will play. Scott played in a similar offense in college at Idaho and spent his first four NFL seasons working under offensive line coach Howard Mudd in Indianapolis.

With Watkins back, Reid said that Dennis Kelly, who started for Watkins, will rotate at offensive tackle in practice with Demetress Bell and King Dunlap.

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