Vick off exempt list, on roster

Updated: September 15, 2009, 7:41 PM ET
By Adam Schefter | ESPN

Philadelphia activated quarterback Michael Vick from its exempt list and added him to the 53-man roster, meaning he now is allowed to practice with the team. He will begin doing so Wednesday.

To create room on their roster for Vick, the Eagles released wide receiver Hank Baskett, whom the team has been trying to trade.

So now, when the Eagles practice Wednesday, Vick and Jeff Garcia will be a part of the quarterback rotation, though Donovan McNabb will not be. He is nursing a cracked rib that could prevent him from playing Sunday's game. Kevin Kolb is expected to take the snaps with the starters.

Vick was brought in to give the Eagles another dimension on offense. He ran Philadelphia's version of the wildcat offense and took some snaps as a traditional quarterback under center in two preseason games.

Vick hasn't played in a regular-season game since Dec. 31, 2006, when he was with the Atlanta Falcons. It's highly unlikely he would have started even if he were eligible to play this week. Eagles coach Andy Reid has maintained all along that Kolb is McNabb's backup.

Baskett was one of seven receivers the Eagles carried on their 53-man roster through Week 1. He became expendable after Philadelphia selected Jeremy Maclin in the first round of April's draft and added Brandon Gibson in the sixth round.

Baskett had 72 catches for 1,052 yards and six touchdowns in 48 games with the Eagles.

Vick was suspended for the first two regular-season games as the final league penalty for his role in running a dogfighting ring.

The Eagles were heavily criticized by animal rights activists for signing Vick less than a month after he finished serving 18 months in federal prison. Dozens of protesters voiced their outrage outside the team's practice facility the day after Vick was signed, and many fans threatened to give up their tickets.

A month later, Vick's jersey is the fourth-highest seller in the NFL behind Brett Favre, Jay Cutler and Troy Polamalu. The league rankings are based on the sales period from April 1 to Aug. 28, so Vick -- and Favre, for that matter -- had plenty of catching up to do since both joined their teams last month.

Adam Schefter is an ESPN NFL Insider. Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.

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