Michael Vick is expected to be the team’s starting quarterback when that Eagles return from their bye week. That is, unless Andy Reid changes his mind again.
Vick hasn’t played since he suffered cracked rib cartilage on Oct. 3, and while he’s been practicing, doesn’t know what it will be like to actually take a hit.
“I don’t know if I can take a hit yet, but I can throw the ball strong,” Vick told The News Journal. “I think I have some more time to heal and some more time to just get stronger, so I’ll stay in the weight room and continue to do the things that helped me get to this point.”
Vick offered a slightly different tone during an interview Tuesday on the Eagles’ official website, while also adding he would have “no hesitation” in running the ball.
“It’s very important that I get myself back to 100 percent, and that’s what I’ve been trying to do ever since the injury happened,” Vick said. “I can’t stop until I reach that point. I’m confident I can go out and play without hurting.”
Reid seems fully convinced Vick will be healed, or at least healed enough to start the game. Given the nature of rib injuries, it may come down to pain threshold issue for Vick. We’ll find out in a couple of weeks.
– Frank Tadych