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Michael Vick is getting a new flak jacket

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After Eagles quarterback Michael Vick went through a full day of practice with the Eagles on Tuesday, he said his ribs were still sore as a result of the hit he took in the second preseason game against the Patriots.

Vick also said that they are feeling better, though, and there’s no sign that Vick will be anywhere other than under center when the regular season gets underway. He’ll be wearing a new Kevlar flak jacket that is longer than the one he was wearing when he took that hit in order to cover more of his torso and better protect his ribs.

“I’m looking forward to it … to give me more protection and just to see what comes out of it,” Vick said, via Rich Hofmann of the Philadelphia Daily News. “It’s going to be custom fitted and fitted to protect all across my sternum, across my ribs. I think it’ll be a better fit.”

A flak jacket protecting his injured ribs is a great idea for keeping Vick in the lineup. The best flak jacket in the world isn’t going to accomplish that task for the long term unless Vick becomes more proactive about avoiding big hits, though. If Vick goes down again after an ill-advised decision to try to make something out of nothing, it won’t be the jacket’s fault.

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28 Responses to “Michael Vick is getting a new flak jacket”
  1. jianningwu says: Aug 29, 2012 9:28 AM

    Someone needs to save the guy from himself. He dove headfirst for a 1st down into defenders during the first possession of this year’s preseason game.

    There’s a point where competitiveness just overcomes sense and self preservation.

    ….or maybe he just isn’t very bright.

  2. FinFan68 says: Aug 29, 2012 9:28 AM

    If they expect to keep him on the field for the full season they need to dress him up like one of those robots on the Fox promos

  3. omeezyx says: Aug 29, 2012 9:30 AM

    Awesome. So does the maxipad come with it or does that come separate?

  4. giantsfan2104 says: Aug 29, 2012 9:35 AM

    He needs a bubble.

  5. polegojim says: Aug 29, 2012 9:36 AM

    I hope this flak jacket comes with an early warning system and higher intelligence.

    Vicks seems to lack both in these situations.

  6. spammerscrammer says: Aug 29, 2012 9:42 AM

    The hit from the Patriots game was not particularly hard or direct by NFL standards. If he already is having problems with his ribs, it is going to be a long and painful season for the Vick Experience.

  7. eglsfan says: Aug 29, 2012 9:56 AM

    omeezyx says:
    Aug 29, 2012 9:30 AM
    Awesome. So does the maxipad come with it or does that come separate?

    that is so damn funny…..I figured you’d have a dog comment too……you’re about as fresh as a Foghat concert…..gaylord!

  8. laeaglefan says: Aug 29, 2012 10:03 AM

    I hear that Vegas is giving odds on whether Vick makes it to Week 3 without going down with an injury.

  9. cobrala2 says: Aug 29, 2012 10:04 AM

    Is Vick about to Tebow in that photo???

  10. pesh00 says: Aug 29, 2012 10:22 AM

    If the Eagles are smart they use the company’s that made Romo’s to protect his broken ribs and punctured lung. Or maybe they tried that but determined the company couldn’t make one long enough to cover his va j j too.

  11. peytonsneck18 says: Aug 29, 2012 10:31 AM

    Does it have a bunch of zippers like MJ beat it jacket?

  12. fordmandalay says: Aug 29, 2012 10:48 AM

    A khaki flak jacket? Khaki flak jacket…khaki flak jacket…

  13. amlowlife says: Aug 29, 2012 11:05 AM

    A longer Kevlar covering ounds all well and good but you would think that someone would design a flack jacket which had mini airbags that would immediately inflate upon impact.

    This would help both for the hit of the defensive guy and the subsequent impact of the ground. You’d probably want to work in some sort of instant neck brace while you’re at it.

    I guess if we’re going this far, you might want to equip the QB with a custom-made Hovding (those airbag motorcycle helmets–Google it) helmet to avoid concussions.

    Eventually, the QB’s will end up looking like either the Michelin Man or Iron Man but at least we’ll still have them in the game.

  14. nflofficeadmin says: Aug 29, 2012 11:31 AM

    Remember when eagle fans were so pumped up to get this criminal on their team. Now they can’t wait for the team to dump-that-chump.

  15. salvi18 says: Aug 29, 2012 11:32 AM

    In other news Philly gets a new QB, so sick of hearing about him staying healthy he will never get it and be knocked out in the first three games

  16. jbraxton3rd says: Aug 29, 2012 11:41 AM

    Learn how to play smarter and you won’t need a flak jacket.

  17. floriosfuglykid2 says: Aug 29, 2012 11:43 AM

    Vick needs a year between seasons. Unfortunately he can’t go to prison after every campaign.

  18. claude28giroux says: Aug 29, 2012 11:58 AM

    omeezyx says:Aug 29, 2012 9:30 AM

    Awesome. So does the maxipad come with it or does that come separate?

    would love to see you get smacked by an NFL player and hear you cry about it

  19. bluebongzilla says: Aug 29, 2012 12:27 PM

    amlowlife says: Aug 29, 2012 11:05 AM

    “Eventually, the QB’s will end up looking like either the Michelin Man or Iron Man but at least we’ll still have them in the game.”

    OR… maybe NFL teams could stop signing such wusses. C’mon, this dude once left a game because of a bruise to his non-throwing hand. Then he got a kevlar glove.

  20. gustwo says: Aug 29, 2012 12:44 PM

    I cannot see a scenario in which Vick makes it through the entire season unless it’s on the bench. He seems to getting hurt just about every time he’s hit lately, and his inability to slide feet first, which is disturbing in itself, is only going to increase the likely hood. I honestly cannot see him making it through the first three games.

  21. sabatimus says: Aug 29, 2012 12:56 PM

    I like Vick’s compete level, but dammit SLIDE with your FEET.

  22. polapea says: Aug 29, 2012 1:15 PM

    Stop holding the ball so long and you won’t take so many shots to the ribs.

    Honestly they should have a clock on him in every practice. 3 seconds and the ball needs to be out or he needs to be on the run. I know it’s a regression in QB play but he just doesn’t get the concept of giving up on a down in order to preserve himself. At least when he runs he seems to see the hits coming better.

  23. pacodawg says: Aug 29, 2012 1:46 PM

    The browns will lay the smack down on Vick in week 1

  24. thebigcaptain2011 says: Aug 29, 2012 2:42 PM

    When you have to go this far to protect a guy there’s nothing you can do to keep him healthy. Randall Cunningham was a heck of a scrambler and I don’t remember him needing space-age type protection to keep him from falling apart.

  25. 2ndaryinsanity says: Aug 29, 2012 3:33 PM

    Flak jacket won’t do anything about Vick being a wuss. Dude left a game because his non-throwing hand was bruised.

  26. itsmammoth says: Aug 29, 2012 5:26 PM

    a bunch of people here trying to ask a dog to meow.

    Michael Vick is going to be Michael Vick.

  27. therealtrenches says: Aug 29, 2012 6:08 PM

    @2ndaryinsanity:

    So….let me get this straight.

    He’s not smart enough to slide, and takes more hits than most QBs, which leads to all these injuries. And then he keeps coming back for more.

    But….he’s a wuss. Right?

    And by the way, it *was* his throwing hand.

  28. vern011952 says: Aug 29, 2012 7:07 PM

    Isn’t Vick the guy with the “fighting dogs”? These guys use defenseless dogs for “bait” to “train” the dogs that will “fight”.
    I hope he ends up defenseless in front of the Packers defense.

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