Eagles Notes: Eagles coach clarifies comments on Vick

Posted: September 28, 2012

Andy Reid and Michael Vick met to clear up any confusion after comments by the Eagles coach seemed to indicate that the quarterback's job was on the line.

"We spoke about it, but it wasn't anything serious," Vick said Wednesday.

Two days earlier, however, Reid made it sound as if Vick's hold on the starting spot was tenuous.

"Right now, we're with Michael and that's what we're doing," Reid said Monday when he was asked if he may have to make a move in light of Vick's turnover problems. "We'll evaluate as we go."

Reid's ambiguity led to speculation that rookie backup Nick Foles could replace Vick, and the idea spread like wildfire. The coach tried to temper the flames Monday afternoon during his radio show when he said that his comment was misinterpreted and that Vick was his quarterback, "period."

"Bad semantics there," Reid said Wednesday before he reiterated that Vick remained his starter.

Vick has struggled through most of the Eagles' first three games. He has nine of the team's 12 turnovers (six interceptions, three fumbles), has a passer rating of 66.3, which is 29th in the NFL, and continues to get hit at an alarming rate.

He was asked if he was worried about his job security.

"Not at all. I know it can be corrected," Vick said. "I know I can get my job done week in and week out."

Maclin up, Cox down

Receiver Jeremy Maclin returned to practice and said he expected to play Sunday against the New York Giants after sitting out against the Cardinals with a hip pointer.

"They eased me back into things, but everything felt good," Maclin said.

Maclin was listed as a full participant, as was receiver Riley Cooper, who has yet to play this season because of a broken collarbone.

"He's getting there," Reid said of Cooper. "We'll just see how he does. He hasn't had much contact. As a matter of fact, very little contact."

The Eagles held Fletcher Cox out of practice after he suffered another migraine headache. The rookie defensive tackle left Sunday's game with a migraine, but he returned.

"It's like a pulsing, sharp pain going through your head," Cox said. "If anybody got it they'll know my pain."

Cox said he expected to play Sunday. He said he first had a migraine in college but still did not know what caused them. Cox said he was going to be evaluated by a doctor Thursday.

Tackle King Dunlap (hamstring), linebacker Akeem Jordan (hamstring), long snapper Jon Dorenbos (ankle), and safety Colt Anderson (knee) also did not practice.

Asked if he would be ready to play Sunday, Dunlap said, "Probably not." Demetress Bell is expected to start in his place for the second straight game.

Brian Rolle and Jamar Chaney split practice repetitions at weakside linebacker with Jordan sidelined. The Eagles signed long snapper Kyle Nelson to the practice squad on Tuesday in case Dorenbos cannot play Sunday. The Eagles would have until Saturday afternoon to add Nelson to the 53-man roster and cut another player if they needed him to suit up.

Extra points

Reid said he cut punter Chas Henry on Tuesday because he needed more consistency. The Eagles brought back Mat McBriar, whom they cut before the opener. The veteran punter, who had offseason surgery to remove a cyst that was affecting a nerve in his plant foot, said that he was healthier than he was at the end of the preseason. . . . Reid said that Damaris Johnson would remain his punt returner. The rookie has struggled this season and fumbled on a return against the Cardinals. Reid added that he still has the option to use DeSean Jackson. . . . Running back LeSean McCoy clarified that his calling Giants defensive end Osi Umenyiora a "ballerina" during Tuesday's episode of ESPN's E:60 was taped months ago. The two have had a long-running feud that has mostly been played out on Twitter.

Contact Jeff McLane at jmclane@phillynews.com or on Twitter @Jeff_McLane.