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Chip Kelly won't announce Eagles starter until he knows Vick's health

By Josh Katzowitz | NFL Writer

 One of these men will start Sunday, but we don't know who. (USATSI)
One of these men will start Sunday, but we don't know who. (USATSI)

With Michael Vick out for Sunday's game with a hamstring injury suffered in Week 6 and with Nick Foles playing well in his first start of the season, there was plenty of speculation that Foles' performance was good enough for him to become the permanent starter even when Vick is healthy.

Asked about that Monday, Eagles coach Chip Kelly was noncommittal.

“Until we know what the health is I'm not saying what anybody is,” Kelly told reporters Monday. “All our decisions on who is going to play is based on health.”

What's strange is that running back LeSean McCoy said that Kelly made it clear after the game that Vick would still be the starter, even though Foles' stat line (22 of 31, 296 yards, three touchdowns) was so impressive in leading the team to a win vs. the Buccaneers.

“No, I have no idea what he's talking about,” Kelly said. “Me and LeSean, we didn't talk about anything like that after the game so I don't know where the reference of after the game I said that, so I don't know. I haven't talked to anybody about that stuff. We don't talk about that stuff. We just get ready to go play the next team.”

For his part, Kelly said that Vick's hamstring didn't necessarily need to be 100 percent healthy in order for him to play. Kelly just needs to see that Vick can “execute the way we need him to execute.”

“I don't see any divisions or one side going one way or another side going another,” Kelly said. “Mike wasn't 100 percent on Sunday, and Nick did an outstanding job. And I said when this whole thing started, we were fortunate that we had two quarterbacks and it showed already this season that you've got to have two really good quarterbacks to win in this league and that's what I feel we are right now.”

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