Michael Vick is going to have to make a speedy recovery in order to be the Philadelphia Eagles' quarterback at Washington on Sunday.
Vick, who suffered a concussion last Sunday against Dallas, missed his second straight day of practice Thursday.
There was no further update on his condition, other than a statement from a team spokesperson saying Vick was at the NovaCare Complex Thursday and went home after receiving treatment "for an hour or two" from head athletic trainer Rick Burkholder and his staff.
Although Vick has not yet been declared out for the game, it appears increasingly likely that rookie Nick Foles will get his first career start against the Redskins at FedEx Field.
"We'll see what happens," offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg said Thursday in quotes provided by the team.
"Nick is preparing to start this football game. He's getting all the reps in practice. Whether that happens or not, I don't know, but there is certainly some excitement there."
Foles, a third-round draft pick from the University of Arizona, was one of seven quarterbacks selected in the first three rounds of the NFL draft last April. If Vick cannot play, Foles will become the sixth rookie passer to start a game this season, joining Andrew Luck (Indianapolis), Robert Griffin III (Washington), Ryan Tannehill (Miami), Brandon Weeden (Cleveland) and Russell Wilson (Seattle). The seventh rookie, Brock Osweiler (Denver), is Peyton Manning's backup.
The rookie quarterbacks all met during the NFL's annual scouting combine in Indianapolis last February and immediately formed a bond.
"I didn't know Nick that well until we got to the combine," Griffin said Wednesday in a phone interview. "He's a really cool guy. All us rookie quarterbacks are leaders on the field, but we're down to earth off the field. And it's exciting that (almost) all of us are playing now. As a group, we're definitely clicking."
The other five have all been starters since opening day. Foles took his first snap in a regular-season game last Sunday, when Vick was forced out of the game in the second quarter. He passed for 219 yards and threw his first career touchdown pass - a 44-yarder to wide receiver Jeremy Maclin - but also committed two turnovers that resulted in touchdowns in a 38-23 loss to the Cowboys.
Now comes a match with Griffin, who was the No. 2 overall pick.
"It's crazy how it's going this year with all of us rookie quarterbacks," Foles said Wednesday. "But sometimes life is crazy and it just happens that way. Right now, we're playing against each other, we're starting and we've got to play at a high level."
Griffin, the No. 2 overall pick out of Baylor University, has been playing at a high level for most of the season.
He has completed 172-of-262 passes (65.6 percent) for 1,993 yards with eight touchdown passes against three interceptions and is ranked ninth in the NFL with a 93.9 quarterback efficiency rating. He has also made a lot of plays with his legs. He leads all NFL quarterbacks in rushing with 529 yards and six touchdowns on just 81 carries (6.5 yards per carry).
His versatility has drawn comparisons to Vick, who in 2010 became the first player in NFL history to throw for more than 3,000 yards (3,018), rush for more than 500 yards (676) and score at least seven touchdowns (nine) in a single season.
"Growing up I watched Michael Vick," Griffin said. "I loved the big-play ability he had and the way he can still make plays with his arm and his legs. But I don't play exactly like Michael Vick or (former Eagles quarterback) Donovan McNabb. I'd like to think I have my own style."
His style has energized the franchise and a loyal Redskins fan base that has been suffering for a while.
Although they are still struggling with a 3-6 record, Griffin has given them hope for a brighter future.
"RG III (Griffin's nickname) is special," heavyweight boxer Seth Mitchell, a Brandywine, Md., resident and big Redskins fan, said Thursday at Caesars Atlantic City. "He's got tremendous ability, but he's also very humble, which I like. In a couple of years, the Redskins will be back on top."
Eagles supporters are hoping Foles can instill the same optimism.
Vick, who made the Pro Bowl in 2010, was thought to be the answer, but he struggled last season and has committed 14 turnovers this season. The Eagles haven't had a top young quarterback since McNabb was in his prime from 2000-2004. The Eagles made the playoffs five straight years, played in four NFC championship games in that span and reached the Super Bowl in 2004.
"I told Nick the same thing I told the rest of the guys (Wednesday morning)," Reid said Wednesday. "Just go play. Go play and enjoy the game. That's what this is all about. You're in the National Football League. You play for the Philadelphia Eagles. Just go enjoy the game."
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at Redskins (3-6)
When: 1 p.m. Sunday
TV/radio: FOX/97.3 FM
Line: Redskins by 3 O/U: 43