Eagles quarterback Michael Vick sits on the bench during Sunday’s game against the New York Giants.
PHILADELPHIA — The Philadelphia Eagles will have a new starting quarterback when they face the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sunday.
With Michael Vick nursing a hamstring injury, Nick Foles will get his first start of the season. How many Foles gets beyond that remains to be seen.
Eagles coach Chip Kelly said Vick is day to day and he has not ruled him out of this week’s game. But a club source told The Sports Xchange it would take a miracle for Vick’s hamstring to heal in time to play this week.
And with an important NFC East game against the Dallas Cowboys next week, the Eagles would prefer to let Vick rest against the winless Bucs and hope he can play against the Cowboys.
Foles, who started six games for the Eagles last year as a rookie and nearly beat out Vick for the starting job this summer, played very well in Sunday’s 36-21 win over the New York Giants. He completed 16 of 25 passes for 197 yards and two touchdowns in two-plus quarters of play.
Kelly is not discounting the possibility that Foles could play well enough while Vick is out to wrestle the starting job away from him. Sort of.
“There’s always open competition,” the coach said. “If Nick goes out there and throws 100 for 100 and throws 27 touchdown passes, then yeah (he would be the new starter).
“If someone comes in and puts on an unbelievable performance, you have to take it all into account. If Nick plays this week and does an outstanding job, that would be great for everybody involved.”
Vick was scheduled to have an MRI on Monday.
Vick was injured late in the first half on a run around the left end.
“I’m just running by myself, just running out of bounds,” Vick said Sunday. “I tried to slow down. I think I just took the wrong step.”
Vick was 6 of 14 for 104 yards passing and had seven carries for 79 yards.
MATTHEWS OUT: Green Bay Packers linebacker Clay Matthews is expected to be out of action for about a month because of a broken thumb, ESPN reported Monday.
Matthews suffered the injury in Sunday’s victory over the Detroit Lions. He was scheduled to undergo more testing on Monday to get a clearer picture of the damage and whether he can return this season.
Packers coach Mike McCarthy did not provide specific information about Matthews’ injury.
“I’m hopeful it’s not season-ending,” McCarthy said Monday, according to ESPN.com. “I think we’re all hopeful, but you have to get all the opinions and make sure you always do right by the player.”
Matthews has been named to the Pro Bowl each of the past four seasons. He had three sacks in four games this year after getting 16.0 sacks in 12 regular-season games and two playoff games in 2012.
FLYNN OUT: Demoted from projected starter to third team in the span of seven weeks, Matt Flynn fell another peg, when he was released by the Oakland Raiders.
Oakland was Flynn’s third stop in three seasons. He made one start and earned a total of $14.565 million since leaving Green Bay as an unrestricted free agent March 19, 2012.
But Flynn was dealt to Oakland for a fifth-round pick in 2014 on April 1, 2013
GABBERT INJURED: Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Blaine Gabbert is expected to miss multiple games with a serious hamstring injury.
NFL Network reported that Gabbert heard his hamstring make an audible pop and could miss an “extended period” with his latest injury.
Chad Henne, who replaced Gabbert in Sunday’s loss at St. Louis, would start Week 6 against the Denver Broncos.
HUGE FAVORITES: The Denver Broncos were favored to beat the Jaguars by 28 points when opening lines were posted by the Las Vegas Hotel Sunday.
According to The Gold Sheet, that ties the record for the largest margin in a line set by the Baltimore Colts over the Atlanta Falcons in 1966.
BILLS CHOOSE … LEWIS?: Buffalo Bills coach Doug Marrone told a Buffalo radio station that he will turn to Thad Lewis to start at quarterback.
Since rookie EJ Manuel is expected to miss at least a month with a right knee injury, Marrone will give Lewis a shot Sunday against the Cincinnati Bengals.
Undrafted rookie Jeff Tuel is the only other quarterback on the roster but Marrone decided to go with Lewis, who will be promoted from the practice squad.