Head coach Chip Kelly announced last week that Nick Foles will be the starting quarterback for the Philadelphia Eagles when they play the Carolina Panthers Thursday night. Kelly announced today that Foles and Michael Vick will have the entire first half to play with the starters.
Not only will Foles and Vick play the entire first half, all of the starters will be playing the first half. Since Foles will be starting, he will likely have the first quarter and Vick will follow with the second quarter. Rookie Matt Barkley played both the second and third quarters against the Patriots and he will likely have the third quarter to himself. If Kelly doesn't play Barkley into the fourth quarter, Dennis Dixon and G.J. Kinne will probably split the quarter just as Kelly had planned for them against the Patriots. It wouldn't be surprising to see Barkley get some time in the fourth quarter, if not all of it, since he had two quarters last week and is expected to be the third string quarterback once the season starts.
Running back LeSean McCoy and cornerback Cary Williams are expected to make their first preseason appearance against Carolina after missing the first preseason game against the New England Patriots due to injuries.
Left tackle Jason Peters is expected to miss Thursday's game as he is still recovering from a strained hamstring he suffered in practice last week. After receiving a concussion against the Patriots, Eagles long snapper Jon Dorenbos is likely going to sit out Thursday's game as well. Dorenbos' concussion is the reason why tight end Brent Celek was seen snapping during the Patriots game.
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