PHILADELPHIA — Michael Vick can throw passes to his teammates instead of ball boys.
The Philadelphia Eagles elevated Vick to the team’s 53-man roster Tuesday, a move that allows the quarterback to practise with the team.
Wide receiver Hank Baskett was released to make room for Vick, who is eligible to play Sept. 27 against the Kansas City Chiefs.
Vick will begin practising with the team Wednesday, though he cannot play in Sunday’s home opener against the New Orleans Saints. Vick was suspended for the first two regular-season games as the final league penalty for his role in running a dogfighting ring.
Kevin Kolb is expected to take the snaps with the starters Wednesday because Donovan McNabb has a cracked rib. Former CFL quarterback Jeff Garcia was signed to back up Kolb in case McNabb can’t play.
Vick hasn’t played in a regular-season game since Dec. 31, 2006 when he was with the Atlanta Falcons.