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Updated: 10/22/2013 12:53 pm

Philadelphia, PA (SportsNetwork.com) - Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Michael Vick will likely return to the starting lineup Sunday against the New York Giants.

Vick suffered a hamstring strain against the Giants on Oct. 6 and missed the past two games. He took the first-team reps at practice on Tuesday and the Philadelphia Inquirer cited a source as saying the veteran would get the nod Sunday, but his status will likely be evaluated as the week goes along.

"I'm optimistic about it," said Vick. "At some point this week I'll test it out, I just don't want to do it this early in the week."

Eagles coach Chip Kelly has stated that the health of his quarterbacks would weigh heavily in his decision for the starting role.

Vick said his health is improving each day, but he would not give a definitive answer whether or not he would suit up as the starter.

"It's kind of sore, but it's progressing every day," Vick added. "I'm excited to have an opportunity to play this week with this group of guys."

Nick Foles replaced Vick as the starter the past two games, but suffered a concussion in Sunday's 17-3 loss to the Cowboys and must pass the mandatory concussion protocol in order to play.

Matt Barkley took over for Foles against Dallas and threw a trio of interceptions. The rookie would be the starter Sunday if Foles and Vick are unable to play.

Vick has thrown for 1,185 yards and has completed 53.8 percent of his passes with five touchdowns and two interceptions.

The Eagles' ground attack will get a boost if Vick plays. The 11-year veteran rushed for 307 yards and two touchdowns on 33 carries before his injury.

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