Head coach Andy Reid announced on Monday that quarterback Michael Vick will start in the season finale for the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday when they travel to New York to play the Giants.
Vick replaces injured Nick Foles, who became the starter following a concussion Vick suffered on Nov. 11. Foles broke his throwing hand against the Washington Redskins on Sunday.
"There's a pretty good chance Michael will be the starter," Reid said. "That's what we're looking at right now. That's the direction I'm going as we speak right now."
The Eagles were eliminated from playoff contention several weeks ago, and used the final games of the season to allow Foles to gain some experience. The 23-year-old completed a respectable 60.8 percent of his passes, and threw for 1,699 yards and six touchdowns and five interceptions in seven games. The Eagles won just one game out of the five that Foles started.
The news of Vick's return should be interesting for the Giants, who still have a chance to earn the final wild-card berth. New York not only needs a victory over Philadelphia, but also losses by the Minnesota Vikings, Chicago Bears, and Dallas Cowboys.
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The Eagles won just three of nine games with Vick as the starter, but one of those victories came against the Giants. When the two teams met on Sept. 30, Vick completed 19-of-30 passes for 241 yards and one touchdown.
Vick has had his struggles in 2012, as the former Pro Bowler was intercepted nine times to go along with four fumbles in nine games. Vick is considered one of the great running quarterbacks in NFL history, but his turnovers this season have sparked trade speculation.
The Eagles are expected to make major changes in the offseason, and Reid and Vick could be involved in their final game with the organization. It will be interesting to see if Vick is rusty after his weeks of inactivity, or if he will use Sunday's game to showcase his talents to Eagles management or possible suitors.
"You're talking about a pretty good quarterback here that has a lot of experience," Reid said of Vick. "I think he'll be excited to be out there and I think he'll do a good job."