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Eagles to start Foles on Sunday

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When the Philadelphia Eagles kick off Sunday against the Oakland Raiders, Nick Foles will be their starting quarterback.

Eagles coach Chip Kelly announced Wednesday that rookie Matt Barkley would back up Foles this week.

Foles returned to practice on Tuesday and looked good, Kelly said. Foles was medically cleared on Monday after he suffered a concussion in a loss to the Dallas Cowboys on Oct. 20.

"Nick did really well," Kelly said. "I know he was cleared, but we needed to see him. I was really happy with how Nick practiced yesterday.

"One of the good things about practicing on Tuesday is you can get your eyes on people who have been out. Nick did a really good job and Nick will be our starting quarterback this week."

Quarterback Michael Vick did not practice after aggravating an injured hamstring in Sunday's loss to the New York Giants and will not play against Oakland on Sunday. Vick left the game in the second quarter.

Kelly would not commit to Foles as the starter beyond this week.

"I am going to make the determination who our quarterback is on a weekly basis, first and foremost based on health," Kelly said. "In the ideal world, Mike's the healthiest in the world, Nick's the healthiest in the world, Matt's the healthiest in the world. Let's get to that point and we'll have a conversation.

"I'm getting ready to play the Oakland Raiders and I'm getting ready with Nick Foles and Matt, because Mike's not practicing today. And that's it. It doesn't help me or anybody to say, 'Hey, next week, when Mike comes back, what are we going to do?' Because what if next week, Nick and Matt are hurt? I don't know."

Barkley has struggled in his rookie season, fumbling last week and throwing an interception against the Giants and getting passes picked off three times in a game against the Cowboys.
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