In NFL parlance, that means there is a 75 percent chance Vick will play. In reality, it means Vick will start unless he reinjures his left hamstring before kickoff.
“I want to be out there with my teammates,” Vick said Thursday. “That’s why I’m giving it everything I’ve got. I miss football, I can tell you that.”
Vick said he was “very optimistic” about playing and would feel like a “failure” if a setback kept him from playing Sunday.
The Eagles allow no media access on Fridays for what is considered their lightest practice session of the week. Vick said Thursday he would run hard before practice, pushing the hamstring at full speed for the first time since his Oct. 6 injury.
Vick was a full participant in the ensuing practice. Assuming he followed through, he met his own criteria for starting against the Giants.
Nick Foles, who left last week’s game with a concussion, was formally listed as out for Sunday’s game. Foles did not practice all week as he followed the NFL’s concussion protocol.
With Vick starting, rookie Matt Barkley will be the No. 2 quarterback once again. To dress a third quarterback, the Eagles would have to make a roster move to add G.J. Kinne from the practice squad. In the absence of that, tight end James Casey would serve as emergency quarterback.
The Eagles listed two defensive starters, safety Patrick Chung (shoulder) and defensive end Cedric Thornton (knee), as probable. That status was a bit surprising for Thornton, who coach Chip Kelly named as the team’s best defensive lineman so far this season. The coach made no mention of Thornton’s injury being a concern all week.
Cornerback Bradley Fletcher, who missed some practice time after hyperextending his knee last week, was listed as probable. So was running back Chris Polk, who was inactive last week with a shoulder injury.