Michael Vick was listed as the third-string QB on the Eagles inactive list Sunday making it highly unlikely that the wildcat weapon would play with the NFC East crown and a first-round bye on the line in Dallas.
The move came as a surprise after Vick practiced again Friday. He was expected to be the backup quarterback when the Eagles played the Cowboys.
Instead No. 7 won't see action unless both Donovan McNabb and Kevin Kolb are knocked out (or taken out) of action.
Vick didn't play in last Sunday's victory over Denver because of a quadriceps contusion. He normally backs up McNabb and takes a few snaps each game in Philadelphia's variation of the wildcat offense.
“He's feeling good,” coach Andy Reid said Friday. “We've got a couple things in for him, so we look forward to getting him back in there and playing.”
Vick was hurt on a running play against San Francisco in Week 15. He missed practice last week before returning Thursday. Vick ran for 95 yards and two touchdowns and he threw for 86 yards and one score in his first season with the Birds.
The rest of the Birds inactives were cornerback Geoffrey Pope, free safety Quintin Demps, wideout Kevin Curtis, defense tackle Trevor Laws, tight end Martin Rucker, center Dallas Reynolds and tackle King Dunlap.
Offensive tackle Marc Colombo (ankle) and safety Pat Watkins (knee) were inactive for Dallas.
Meanwhile, in a tip of the hat to the Eagles and Cowboys, Fox affiliates in Richmond and Hampton Roads have chosen to show the Philly-Dallas game over the Redskins-Chargers one, according to D.C. Sports Bog's Dan Steinberg.
"Honestly," said Bruce Rader, the sports director of Fox 43, "the Redskins are just unwatchable."
Good thing you can't say that about the Eagles.
The game starts at 4:15 p.m.