Eagles Notes: Eagles to dress only two QBs if Vick can't play

Robert Griffin III, the Redskins' mobile quarterback, will test the Eagles defense.
Robert Griffin III, the Redskins' mobile quarterback, will test the Eagles defense. (      GENE J. PUSKAR / Associated Press)
Posted: November 17, 2012

Michael Vick went to the Eagles' facility for treatment for his concussion Thursday before returning home. The quarterback is still recovering from the significant injury that is expected to sideline him this week and potentially longer.

"He is feeling a little bit better day-to-day," coach Andy Reid said.

Reid did not sign a third quarterback because he thinks the Eagles are fine with Nick Foles and Trent Edwards. Reid would not say whether that confidence suggests Vick might not have a prolonged absence.

"I don't know other than what I'm telling you," Reid said.

If something were to happen to both Foles and Edwards on Sunday, the Eagles would be down to an emergency quarterback. That is usually Jason Avant, but he's sidelined, too. Wide receivers DeSean Jackson and Jeremy Maclin are both possibilities for the emergency quarterback role.

Defending RGIII

Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III is the most mobile quarterback the Eagles have faced this season, and he has already rushed for 529 yards. That will be a challenge for the Eagles defense, especially with its wide-nine alignment along the defensive line.

"I think there are times where you're going to have to rush him without worrying about it, and then there's going to be times where you have to be under control," defensive coordinator Todd Bowles said.

Linebacker DeMeco Ryans watched Griffin play at Baylor and understands the challenge the dual-threat quarterback presents.

"You play a lot of guys that are just pocket passers; you just want to get them in throwing situations and get after them a little bit," Ryans said. ". . . As a defense, you have to have a different mind-set now."

Special-teams woes

Special-teams coordinator Bobby April took responsibility for the problems with his unit last Sunday, which included allowing a game-changing, 78-yard punt-return touchdown; a missed extra point; and using a timeout because it had too few players on the field.

"I could understand any definition that [fans] could try to put on the ineptitude of that game," April said. "You want to see a great product, and when they don't they have a right to be angry. I definitely understand."

Extra points

Avant (hamstring) and running back Chris Polk (toe) have already been ruled out. Wide receiver Mardy Gilyard (hamstring) and Vick also did not practice. All other players had full participation, including Maclin (back) and guard Danny Watkins (ankle). . . . Punter Mat McBriar was required to practice his tackling Thursday after a failed attempt Sunday.


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