One of Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Michael Vick's main goals was to play all 16 regular-season games this year, a feat he last accomplished while with Atlanta in 2006.
He still has a chance to do it.
Although Vick sat out the second half of a 36-21 victory over the New York Giants with a strained left hamstring on Sunday, coach Chip Kelly has not yet ruled him out for next week's game at Tampa Bay.
Kelly denied a report Monday by Comcast SportsNet that suggested Vick would not play against the Buccaneers.
"We have not made a decision on who our starting quarterback will be next week," Kelly said Monday in quotes provided by the team.
"I can't predict the future. I don't know if (Vick) will play Sunday (at Tampa Bay). He had an MRI and probably won't practice (today). Right now, he's day to day, and we'll see how it goes. I know I'm not going to put him out there if it's going to hurt him. That wouldn't be fair to Mike."
Vick was injured midway through the second quarter against the Giants when he scrambled for a 13-yard gain and ran out of bounds. Vick, who led the Eagles in rushing with 79 yards on seven carries Sunday, returned for one play on the next series but was limping enough that Kelly sent in backup quarterback Nick Foles.
Foles played the entire second half and completed 16 of 25 passes for 197 yards with two touchdown passes and no interceptions. Vick cheered him on from the sideline.
"I'm hoping I can play (against the Bucs)," Vick said Sunday. "It's a little sore, but I've been standing (on the sideline) for two hours. I've had this type of injury before and I was out about a week. You've just got to do certain things to get (the hamstring) back (to full strength). I'll work extremely hard."
If Vick cannot play, Kelly will give Foles his first start of the season and use rookie Matt Barkley as the second-string quarterback. Barkley, a fourth-round draft pick from Southern Cal, was inactive for the first five games.
Coincidentally, Foles also started last season's game at Tampa Bay when Vick was out with a concussion. Foles threw the game-winning touchdown pass to wide receiver Jeremy Maclin with no time remaining in a 23-21 victory.
"We have a lot of confidence in Nick," wide receiver DeSean Jackson said Sunday. "Last year, he had some opportunities to come in and do the same thing when Vick went down and did a good job. He's been in this position before, so he knows what to do and what to expect."
Foles played well enough in relief of Vick last season that he wound up taking over as the starter.
Vick sat out five games after sustaining a concussion against Dallas. Upon Vick received medical clearance, then-coach Andy Reid demoted him in favor of Foles.
It could happen again. Foles lost the starting job to Vick during the preseason this summer but has an opportunity to regain it. After stating Sunday that Vick would remain the starter if healthy, Kelly indicated Monday that Foles could wind up keeping the job if he plays against the Bucs and excels.
"Can he win the starting job?" Kelly said. "If he's playing, then he's starting. If Nick is out there and he's 100 for 100 and throws 27 touchdown passes, then yeah. There's always competition. If someone comes in and puts on an unbelievable performance, I have to take it all into account."
Foles wasn't thinking about taking Vick's job against the Giants, however.
His sole focus was performing well enough to help the Eagles end their three-game losing streak.
"I'm not even thinking that way," Foles said Sunday. "The first thing that happened when Mike got hurt is I prayed for him, 'Give him strength, God.' Mike was hurt, so my job was to go in there and get a win. And I had a great team around me to really help me do that."
The Eagles' players have faith in both quarterbacks. They insisted they will rally around whoever is in the lineup.
"We look at Nick Foles and Mike Vick as two starters," running back LeSean McCoy said after the game. "When Nick comes in, we're still confident, same as when Mike is in there."
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