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Eagles QB Vick again practices with first team

    2013-10-23 16:54

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Eagles quarterback Michael Vick went through a second consecutive practice with no setbacks Wednesday.

But the injured veteran said he still needs to test out his injured hamstring and won't know more until Friday, as Philadelphia (3-4) continues preparations for the New York Giants (1-6) on Sunday.

Vick, who has missed the Eagles' last two games after injuring his hamstring in the first half of an Oct. 6 game against the Giants, practiced with the first team.

''I'm still limited,'' he said.

Vick, the NFL's all-time rushing leader among quarterbacks with 5,858 yards, said the biggest test he faces is whether he can run full-speed without pain. He said if he can run without aggravating the injury, he'll play.

That test will come in two days.

''Friday's a big day for me,'' Vick said.

But on Tuesday and Wednesday, he went through all the drills and - if nothing else - is showing signs of bouncing back.

''He looks like he's progressing,'' coach Chip Kelly said.

Nick Foles, who started a win over the Buccaneers and a loss to the Cowboys in place of Vick, suffered a concussion against Dallas and hasn't practiced since.

The only fully healthy quarterback on the roster is rookie Matt Barkley, who threw three fourth-quarter interceptions against the Cowboys. Barkley was also scheduled to take snaps with the first team on Wednesday.

''We're going to wait till how (Vick) progresses and how he goes. A lot of that comes from the feedback from Mike in terms of where he is,'' Kelly said. ''I know he's progressed. But to put a number on it, I'm not going to put a number on it.''

Foles, meanwhile, is running through the NFL's protocol for concussions. He has not been ruled out yet officially, but is unlikely to play.

NFL rules prohibit players who have suffered concussions from returning to practice before meeting a series of requirements, including passing the ImPACT test, completing five increasingly demanding levels of exercise without suffering symptoms, and being approved by an independent, league-approved neurologist.

''Nick's doing better,'' Kelly said. ''He'll have to see an independent (physician) before he's allowed back. But in talking to him, he said he feels like he's doing better.''

Vick, a four-time Pro Bowl standout, has missed 13 games since becoming the Eagles' full-time starting quarterback early in 2010. He hasn't played 16 games in a season since 2006, his final year with the Falcons.

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