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Michael Vick says Nick Foles will start in Eagles-Cowboys game

Nick Foles (left) and Michael Vick profess nothing but love for one another. (Matt Rourke / AP)

There was a bit of a quarterback upheaval Thursday in Philadelphia and it was about as “Kumbayah” as these things come.

As Michael Vick announced that he wouldn’t start Sunday against the Dallas Cowboys in the battle for the NFC East lead between 3-3 titans, standing next to him on the podium was the man who presumably will. Nick Foles and Vick smiled and, at one point, Foles threw an arm around Vick. When was the last time that happened on an NFL team? Cue the lovefest.

“I respect Mike with everything I have. I love Mike,” Foles said (via CSNPhilly’s Geoff Mosher). “We have a great relationship and we don’t worry about that. We know the most important thing is for the Philadelphia Eagles to win, no matter who’s the quarterback. We can’t worry about that. That’s what messes up friendships, and that’s not what this is about. We want to keep this friendship for as long as we live.”

And Vick? Right back at ya, big guy.

“Regardless of what happens, it’s all about room for one another,” he said. “This is a fun game. You can’t have animosity towards a teammate because of the way he plays or what people want or what they feel.

“We know how hard it is to play this game. We’re going to always root for each other and always try to be there for one another and whatever comes out of it it’s gonna be all good for the both of us. We appreciate that. Our friendship has grown over the years. I love Nick, like he said. That friendship is there and it won’t go anywhere.”

Eagles Coach Chip Kelly hasn’t officially ruled out Vick, however.

After spending most of her career in traditional print sports journalism, Cindy began blogging and tweeting, first as NFL/Redskins editor, and, since August 2010, at The Early Lead. She also is the social media editor for Sports.



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