Eagles quarterback Mike Vick has no broken ribs nor cartilage damage. But that doesn’t mean he’s 100 percent.
Vick tells USA Today (via CSNPhilly.com) that his ribs are at 80 percent.
“I’m trying to do the best I can,” Vick said regarding his preparations for Week One at Cleveland. “I can only do what I can do. I’m feeling better. Hanging in there. Trying to make it to Sept. 9.”
Andy Reid has said that if Friday night’s preseason game against the Browns were a regular-season game, Vick would likely play.
When Vick does play, he says he won’t change his ways.
“I just let everything happen in that moment,” Vick said. “I can’t go to the line dictating what I’m going to do. I can’t go to the line trying to predict everything that I’m going to do. That would hurt your game a little bit, because I might miss somebody getting open. I have to go through my progressions to the best of my abilities.”
That’s fine, but a quarterback also has to know when to throw it away or, if need be, to hit the deck to avoid the hit. With Vick lasting only 12 plays in the preseason, how long will he make it once the real games start?
Meanwhile, the photo attached to this story reveals something we hadn’t previously noticed. Jermaine Cunningham is leading with his helmet while hitting a player who is defenseless, by rule. He should have been flagged, and he possibly will be fined.