Matt Barkley takes over at QB for Eagles, Nick Foles out

Nick Foles got knocked out of the game on Sunday.
Nick Foles got knocked out Sunday, paving the way for Matt Barkley. (USATSI)

When Michael Vick was ruled inactive before Sunday's Week 6 game against the Cowboys, it was notable that Nick Foles' only "real" backup was Matt Barkley. Now that Foles has been ruled out with a head injury, it's really notable.

Barkley's first drive under center didn't go so hot, as the former USC standout threw a pick (and got lucky not to throw one sooner) to Sean Lee, probably ending the Eagles chances at a comeback win.

The second drive wasn't much better, with Barkley eventually getting picked by Barry Church as well.

Overall, Barkley went 5-for-11 on the first two drives, throwing for 53 yards and a pair of picks.

He's got to stay healthy too, because if he goes down, the Eagles emergency quarterback is tight end James Casey.

Depending on the severity of Foles injury, the door is absolutely open for Michael Vick to return as starter in Philadelphia.

CBS Sports Senior Writer

Will Brinson joined CBS Sports in 2010 and enters his seventh season covering the NFL for CBS. He previously wrote for FanHouse along with myriad other Internet sites. A North Carolina native who lives... Full Bio

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