Michael Vick practiced Wednesday, despite a 'bruised' non throwing hand, (I say 'bruised' like I do because I still believe it;s broken and saying it isn't is just a piece of gamesmanship by the Eagles. Wouldn't want other teams targeting that hand now, would we.) and according to him, he is “100%” going to play this weekend, much to the delight of Eagles fans across the country who are not big fans of Philly's other QB options at the moment.
"Even if it was broke, I think I would have probably padded it up and went back out there," Vick said after a morning walkthrough. "You got to take precaution, but this is what I love to do."
The real question isn't whether he will play, at least not to me, but whether he will finish. Vick hasn't finished two of Philadelphia's three games, both losses, after suffering a concussion in a 35-31 loss at Atlanta on Sept. 18 and the 'bruised' hand in a 29-16 loss to the Giants this past weekend.
Coach Andy Reid has been carefully monitoring Vick's hand all week and has some doubts that his Pro Bowl QB can literally handle every aspect of the game without issue. He wouldn't play him otherwise, according to Reid himself.
"Ball handling, obviously is very important, in particular under the center, that's where the problem would be," Reid said. "Shotgun, you can get away with it, but under the center you've got to be able to squeeze and right now that's not 100-percent. So, we've got to see. I don't know how fast it'll come back. I can't tell you that."
For Vick, getting back on the field is paramount to him regaining the swagger that he had last season. Filled with the expectations of winning due to his play last season, his big new contract, and the added pieces to the team in the offseason, Vick has so far stumbled out of the gate. This rough start has filled Vick with a determination to do all he can to stay on the field' for his coaches, his teammates and himself.
"I just want to be there for my teammates and hold myself accountable for my responsibilities and what I have to do as a quarterback," he said. "So regardless of what I have to go through, I just want to be there."
This whole week seems like it's been damage control for Vick. From his hurt hand to backtracking on comments made after last weeks game about the officiating, Vick has been scrambling like never before to make things right.
"I think I was frustrated because I got hit late and I hurt my hand on that play and I couldn't finish the game because of that," Vick said to appease his earlier, more venomous comments. "That was one of the reasons I was frustrated. I don't want any special treatment. All I want to do is go out and play my game. If they feel there's a need to make a call, then they'll make it. If not, then I won't say anything about it."
With the Eagles in last place in the NFC East, the time is now for both Vick and the Eagles to prove they have what it takes to hang with the best in the NFL. There road back to respectability begins with the visiting San Francisco 49ers this Sunday. The Niners are coming off of a win over the Cincinnati Bengals.
They play the 1 o'clock est game on FOX.
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