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Michael Vick confirms he’s out this week

Kansas City Chiefs v Philadelphia Eagles

PHILADELPHIA, PA - SEPTEMBER 19: Michael Vick #7 of the Philadelphia Eagles walks off the field in the fourth quarter against the Kansas City Chiefs on September 19, 2013 at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia, Pennslyvania.The Kansas City Chiefs defeated the Philadelphia Eagles 26-16. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

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Last week, Eagles coach Chip Kelly said he wouldn’t announce whether Michael Vick could play until right before kickoff on Sunday. This week, Vick has beaten Kelly by 72 hours.

Three days before the Eagles host the Cowboys in a big NFC East clash, Vick confirmed to reporters that his injured hamstring is bad enough that he already knows he won’t be able to play on Sunday.

That means Nick Foles will start his second straight game, and that’s not necessarily a bad thing for the Eagles: Foles, who has completed 67.2 percent of his passes with six touchdowns and no interceptions this season, may be a better passer than Vick. (Foles is, of course, nowhere near the running threat that Vick is.)

If Foles plays as well this week as he did last week, and the Eagles take sole possession of first place with a win over the Cowboys, Vick may remain sidelined even after his hamstring is healed.