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Atlanta Falcons Vs. Philadelphia Eagles: Michael Vick Will Be Eagles' Third Quarterback

Kevin Kolb will get the start at quarterback for the Eagles but it will be Mike Kafka – and not Michael Vick – who will back him up. Vick, who is recovering from rib cartilage damage, will be the team’s emergency third quarterback.

NFL.com reports:

Michael Vick will be listed as the Eagles’ No. 3 quarterback in Sunday’s game against the Atlanta Falcons, meaning he isn’t quite ready to return from a rib cartilage injury sustained two weeks ago. Rookie Mike Kafka, who hasn’t played in an NFL regular-season game, will be Kolb’s backup.

The listing of Vick as the third quarterback is important since many think he will try to play against his former team. If Vick plays however, it means that Kolb and Kafka cannot return to the game. The official text of the rule:

Teams will be permitted an Active List of 45 players and an Inactive List of eight players for each regular-season and postseason game. Provided that a club has two quarterbacks on its 45-player Active List, a third quarterback from its Inactive List is permitted to dress for the game, but if he enters the game during the first three quarters, the other two quarterbacks are thereafter prohibited from playing.

If Vick was the No. 2 quarterback, you can bet the Falcons would see him but as it stands now, there’ll be no Vick against the Falcons.

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