Although it appears the Eagles won't have concussed quarterback Michael Vick on Sunday, Redskins Coach Mike Shanahan said his team will prepare for both Vick and rookie backup Nick Foles.
“Obviously you have to get ready for both,” Shanahan said after Monday’s practice at Redskins Park. “We’re not sure what the situation is. We’ll kind of wait and see there. With the concussion that he had, I don’t think you’re really sure.”
A few hours after Shanahan addressed the local media in Ashburn, ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported that a source informed him Foles will indeed be under center at FedEx Field. The Philadelphia Inquirer, meantime, reported that Andy Reid emphasized the severity of Vick’s concussion but had yet to rule the veteran out.
“Whoever you think the starter may be, you’ll have a game plan [for him]," Shanahan added. “For a guy like Mike, you got to have a second game plan."
With Vick ailing, Foles is expected to get the first-team snaps in practice Wednesday.
Vick was knocked out of Sunday’s game against the Cowboys in the second quarter after absorbing a pair of crushing blows. He was replaced by Foles, who was 22 of 32 for 219 yards plus a touchdown and an interception in the Eagles’ 38-23 loss. The defeat was Philadelphia’s fifth in a row, the longest drought in Reid’s 14-season tenure.
Fans have clamored for Foles to replace Vick in recent weeks as the 32-year-old veteran stumbled. Vick has 11 touchdowns and nine interceptions this season and, in the Eagles’ first six games, lost five fumbles.
As the Redskins install their game plan, they certainly are more familiar with Vick. But Shanahan has some first-person familiarity with Foles, too, having coached the 23-year-old at the Senior Bowl in January.
“He’s big, very strong, got great arm strength,” Shanahan said of Foles, a 6 foot 6, 243-pound out of Arizona. “Looks like he reads defenses very easily and can make all the throws.”