If Vick was, in theory, the third quarterback and entered a game early, McNabb and Kolb could no longer play. Reid said he would cross that bridge when he got there. One solution is to activate three quarterbacks, but that would mean sacrificing a special-teams player.
Kolb, for his part, doesn't appear concerned about Vick's undefined role.
"It's just a different situation," Kolb said. "I think different situations will call for either one of us. He's a great talent. I don't think we know exactly what we're going to do with him yet."
Kolb continues to nurse a sprained medial collateral ligament in his left knee. He worked out in the morning, but didn't practice with the team in the afternoon. Reid said the third-year quarterback is making progress.
"I'm not sure on the timeline," Kolb said. "I'm just going to try to push it as hard as it will go and get out there as soon as possible."
Beyond Kolb, the situation is a little clearer, if not bright, for two others.
There are now five quarterbacks in camp. Just last week, there were only two that could play - McNabb and third stringer A.J. Feeley.
When Kolb got hurt on Monday, the Eagles scrambled to find a replacement that could be in camp and familiar with the offense in time for Thursday's preseason opener. They signed coaching intern Matt Nagy, but the NFL balked on the contract.
The team then grabbed Adam DiMichele, who had been with the Eagles through minicamp, and the Temple product played against the Patriots. During the game, the Eagles announced Vick's signing. It shook more than just Philadelphia.
"Any time you sign a guy, there's a little bit of a shock value," Feeley said. "Obiously, who it is and stuff behind it."
McNabb was involved in the decision to bring Vick here almost all along. Reid told Kolb just before the game. Feeley found out during the game.
"There's more guys in the pool," Feeley said. "It affects reps, so you got to make the most of the reps you get."
Reid was asked if the addition of Vick meant Feeley's days in Philly were numbered. "We've just got to see as time goes on, but I wouldn't say that," he said.
Nevertheless, it's been a surreal few days for the reserve quarterbacks, who now have two Pro Bowl quarterbacks in camp.
"As young players we watched these two guys as the top quarterbacks in the league," Kolb said. "So you've got to sit back and enjoy it a little bit."
DiMichele is enjoying his moment. He met Vick yesterday in the locker room. While they were talking, Vick noticed DiMichele's wooden rosary beads hanging in his stall.
"He asked me where I got them," DiMichele said. "So I'm going to go home and send him back one."
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