Quarterback Kevin Kolb and linebacker Stewart Bradley did not practice Friday and are both listed as out for Sunday's game against Detroit, Eagles coach Andy Reid said.

Both players had left the facility before practice began.

"They feel really great," Reid said of Bradley and Kolb. Reid said they have shown no signs of lingering symptoms. He said the players have done exercise, which is part of the evaluation process.

Reid said Kolb and Bradley had "passed the written part of the concussion test. Their next test is to visit with the doctor later today and see what the results are." The players will see Dr. William Welch.

Reid had said earlier in the week that Bradley was ahead of Kolb. "Bradley was there before Kevin at that point [to go see the doctor]," Reid said today. "Bradley has felt pretty good for a couple of days."

Michael Vick will start at quarterback, his first start since the final game of the 2006 season, for the Atlanta Falcons (against the Eagles, by the way). Mike Kafka will serve as the backup quarterback. Reid declined to say who the third quarterback is, only that there are several emergency options.

Reid was asked whether Vick needed to play more conservatively, given that Kafka is the lone backup.

"He has to play his game," Reid said. "He can't worry about all that."

Vick said it was "great to be out there all week with the first unit," something he'd never done as an Eagle. "I'm ready to go," he said. "I've had a full week of preparation, a lot of film study and a lot of gameplanning. It's time to go."

He described himself as "not too nervous."

"I think last week kind of broke the ice for me as far as getting the jitters out and going out there and playing when the game counted and it was on the line, and being out there full time," Vick said.

Reid said the biggest difference between Vick now and Vick when he arrived last summer with the Eagles is that he has gotten in better shape and is getting more acclimated to the speed of the game.

"He wants to be a starter in the National Football League," Reid said. "He wants to up his game. That's the approach he has taken with this whole thing. He's a competitive, competitive guy. It's been fun to watch."

Said Vick: "It's been a long time since I felt this good physically and mentally. I'm just glad that I had a chance to work myself back into football shape and I'm very thankful that I had the opportunity to come back and play this game. So thankful for all of the people who helped get me in this position and put me in this position."

Reid said there were no other significant injuries to report. Everyone else on the injury report is listed as probable: WR Jason Avant (back), DE Antwan Barnes (wrist), RB Mike Bell (toe), G Nick Cole (knee), G Todd Herremans (ankle), T Austin Howard (back), LB Akeem Jordan (groin), DT Trevor Laws (oblique), P Sav Rocca (left hamstring).

He said he was still considering how the 45-man active roster will take shape, especially along the offensive and defensive lines.


The Eagles have elected a new player rep, right tackle Winston Justice, as they prepare for what is shaping up as an ugly battle with the owners. Justice said the team met with NFLPA representatives Thursday and voted to authorize the union leadership to decertify if necessary, as a tool to possibly foil a management lockout.

"I think we need to get behind the head of the NFLPA (DeMaurice Smith)," Justice said. "I think we need to be unified."


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