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.