Eagles Notes: Foles and Vick will play through first half vs. Panthers

Matt Barkley took snaps with the first-team offense during Tuesday's walk-through.
Matt Barkley took snaps with the first-team offense during Tuesday's walk-through. (DAVID M WARREN / Staff Photographer)
Posted: August 15, 2013

Quarterbacks Nick Foles and Michael Vick are expected to play through the first half of Thursday's preseason game against the Carolina Panthers, Eagles coach Chip Kelly said Tuesday.

Kelly said last week that Foles would start the second exhibition game after Vick started the first. The first-team offense and defense are likely to play the entire first half against Carolina.

"We'll see how that plays itself out," Kelly said. "Does that mean it's going to be by series or whatever? It depends on how many snaps and how long the series are."

Quarterback Matt Barkley will take over late in the second quarter or in the third quarter, and Dennis Dixon and G.J. Kinne will play the fourth. Kelly said he is hoping to see more of Kinne on Thursday.

The plan is subject to change, depending on the flow of the game. Last week, Kelly said the quarterbacks would alternate series, but Vick played the first two drives and Foles played the next two.

"Hopefully, we can get those guys through the second quarter," Kelly said. "It just depends on how it plays itself out. . . .  In the ideal world, we'd like to get them into the first and second quarter, and not see those guys at all in the second half."

Barkley took snaps with the first-team offense during Tuesday's walk-through, although Kelly implied that it wasn't a big deal. He joked that it meant that the rookie would start against the Washington Redskins in the season opener. Just kidding, of course.

Johnson's big baby

Rookie tackle Lane Johnson returned to practice Tuesday after missing two days because of the birth of his son. The baby was born on Saturday and Johnson arrived in Philadelphia on Monday, getting his first good night of sleep in two days.

Johnson, the Eagles' first-round pick, is the team's top right tackle. He is expected to play Thursday.

"I think it was really important for him to be there," Kelly said of Johnson's absence. " . . . There are certain things that I think come up in everybody's life that kind of supersede what we're doing out here."

Kelly praised the rookie's work ethic. He said earlier this week that Johnson was the team's most consistent lineman in the preseason opener. Even though Johnson missed two practices, Kelly noted that he "didn't seem to miss a beat."

"I think I might be a little bit behind, just trying to catch up on film, seeing what Carolina does," Johnson said. "It's always good to be here and be available for practice, and it's two days I can't get back. So I'm trying to catch up as much as I can."

Johnson reported that his wife, Chelsea, is feeling healthy. Johnson, who is 6-foot-6 and 310 pounds, married the daughter of a former Pittsburgh Steelers defensive end. He boasted about the size of his newborn son's hands.

"Huge," Johnson said. "Probably bigger than some of my teammates' right now."

Injury report

Running back LeSean McCoy and cornerback Cary Williams are expected to play Thursday after missing the preseason opener. It's unlikely that left tackle Jason Peters will play because of a hamstring injury that continues to bother him.

Guard Danny Watkins and long snapper Jon Dorenbos were absent while recovering from concussions. Linebackers Casey Matthews and Phillip Hunt remained out because of knee injuries, and tackle Ed Wang's knee injury is keeping him on the sideline.

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