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Vick said he’s out, Eagles say he’s questionable

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Something weird is going on in Philly.

On Thursday, quarterback Mike Vick declared himself to be out for Sunday against the Cowboys, due to a hamstring injury suffered 12 days ago.  On Friday, however, the team officially called him questionable.

So how can Vick be 50-50 to play (which is what questionable means) if he says he’s out?

One possible explanation is that Vick is wrong about the severity of his injury.  The other more likely explanation is that the Eagles have opted to stick with their plan to list Vick as questionable until he’s able to play, which will keep their opponents guessing regarding his actual status.

At a certain point (perhaps now), the Eagles are violating the league’s rules regarding the reporting of injuries.  At a certain point (perhaps now), Vick is trying to ensure that opposing defense will be prepared to face Nick Foles, which could keep Foles from being effective enough to keep the job once Vick is healthy.

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37 Responses to “Vick said he’s out, Eagles say he’s questionable”
  1. flaccodelic says: Oct 18, 2013 1:46 PM

    I’m not sure Vick is that smart.

  2. tinbender2000 says: Oct 18, 2013 1:47 PM

    Well that would be a sure fire way to make “out” permanent.

  3. backdapack4evr says: Oct 18, 2013 1:49 PM

    Keep him out so you have a chance!!

  4. nvuono says: Oct 18, 2013 1:50 PM

    It’s a hamstring injury… It’ll feel different every day.

    You can wake up feeling fine with it but try some hard running and your opinion will change pretty quick.

  5. whhaaat says: Oct 18, 2013 1:52 PM

    He just playing possum and will make a miraculous recover right before kickoff

  6. ravanator says: Oct 18, 2013 1:52 PM

    Joe Flacco > Vick & Foles combined

    #ravensrepeat
    #joemontanaflacco

  7. steelerben says: Oct 18, 2013 1:54 PM

    Maybe not that smart, but certainly selfish enough. His agent could have come up with the plan. And that definitely sounds like an agent sort of plan.

  8. 23rdusernameused says: Oct 18, 2013 1:58 PM

    ravanator says:
    “Joe Flacco > Vick & Foles”

    5 INTS against a back up secondary vs the Bills says differently!!! bwhhahahahahhhahaa

    have fun with your 4 million $ QB, that you’re paying 21 $$ to!!!!!
    FAIL Ozzy, big time FAIL!

  9. telldatruth says: Oct 18, 2013 1:58 PM

    Vick tired of the read option. Let Foles get hit some

  10. steelsity says: Oct 18, 2013 2:04 PM

    No wonder Vick is having an off year. Look how flustered he is with Kelleys outstretched hands in his face. Defenses will surely use this photo to game plan around when he returns

  11. eaglefan94 says: Oct 18, 2013 2:04 PM

    Great picture.

  12. ninerswilldominatelikebefore says: Oct 18, 2013 2:04 PM

    nobody cares about the eagles qb competition and their fat coach

  13. bradkaz96 says: Oct 18, 2013 2:06 PM

    Vick has been questionable his whole career. Not sure what the story is here.

    The whole Patriots team is questionable every week. Its just what the NFL does

  14. wiitrainingcamp says: Oct 18, 2013 2:07 PM

    I would assume that when Vick says he’s “out,” he means he’s not starting and likely not playing. That doesn’t necessarily mean he’ll be inactive. He didn’t play last week, but was active as the emergency QB.

    If the Eagles are deciding whether or not to make him the emergency QB again this week, it only makes sense to list him as questionable.

  15. backdapack4evr says: Oct 18, 2013 2:09 PM

    Send Vick to the Vikes!!!
    They love washed up QB’s

  16. sully215 says: Oct 18, 2013 2:15 PM

    ques·tion·able
    adjective \ˈkwes-chə-nə-bəl, ˈkwesh-, in rapid speech ˈkwesh-nə-\

    : not likely to be true or correct : giving reason to doubt or question something

    : likely to be bad : not worthy of trust

    : not certain : unknown or undecided

  17. mrcosio says: Oct 18, 2013 2:16 PM

    I never thought the day would come that you guys would post a funnier picture of Chip Kelly than the “Tongue Out While Throwing a Football” picture but clearly I was wrong. This one is pretty great too.

  18. weepingjebus says: Oct 18, 2013 2:17 PM

    The next photograph is Kelly running the int back the other way, while Vick lies on the ground clutching his cracked ribs.

  19. phloorioisanarcissist says: Oct 18, 2013 2:17 PM

    I think the most likely scenario is that Vick slipped up and told the truth, while Chip is trying to pull a Belichick, and keep the other team guessing. However, I personally don’t believe teams are fooled at all by the “official” injury report.

  20. butchhickory says: Oct 18, 2013 2:17 PM

    Vick said he’s out, Eagles say he’s questionable
    Are they talking about talent ?
    If so, I think Vick is right.

  21. shatho1 says: Oct 18, 2013 2:22 PM

    guess what eagles fans Dallas is prepared for whichever QB plays so it really doesn’t matter! GO COWBOYS!!!

  22. ujsplace says: Oct 18, 2013 2:23 PM

    He should have never said anything at all with regard to his ability to play/not play in the first place…

  23. congratsyouareanidiot says: Oct 18, 2013 2:27 PM

    What if the whole thing was a ruse from the get go? Vick healthy enough to play this week, Dallas has been game planning for Foles.

    Let’s be realistic… while Foles has been very good the last two weeks, Vick has not played bad thus far this season. His accuracy has been there (lot of drops), his legs have saved a lot of plays on offense, and his arm is still strong as anyone else’s in the NFL. Foles is a short term fix who’s just a better pocket passer. I’ve always preferred a mobile QB unless we’re dealing with a Peyton Manning. The Eagles’ QB of the future is not on the roster.

  24. youallrfools says: Oct 18, 2013 2:31 PM

    ninerswilldominatelikebefore says: Oct 18, 2013 2:04 PM

    nobody cares about the eagles qb competition and their fat coach
    __________________________________
    You do apparently. Not only did you click through, but you took the time to comment….

  25. dnoble7777 says: Oct 18, 2013 2:34 PM

    That is ridiculous. The conspiracy theorists are back at work.

  26. mark0226 says: Oct 18, 2013 2:37 PM

    Pretty simple explanation here. Medically, Vick is healthy enough (50-50) to play. If their backup QB was Matt Flynn, then Vick would be playing. However, Vick knows the backup is as good or better than himself, so HE knows that he is not playing, thus from his point of view, he is out. He is not medically out, but strategically out because there is a better healthy alternative.

  27. ninozlatino says: Oct 18, 2013 2:57 PM

    Vick has never been considered the brightest bulb in the box. But people from outside of Philly for some reason can’t wrap their head around two QB’s that pull for eachother with no animosity. You try to drum up stupid theories to try and what exactly? Vick won the competition plain and simple. It may be that Foles has looked good, but 5 quarters of quality football isn’t enough. Beat Dallas then we’ll talk. You can gameplan Chip all you want. Even the best defense in the league couldn’t shut them down. (Chiefs) We get a D the league is in trouble. Anyone can QB for Chip. He’s a beast. I hope Rex get’s canned so we can get him as D coordinator. That would be gangsta:)

  28. ninozlatino says: Oct 18, 2013 3:02 PM

    “”He is not medically out, but strategically out because there is a better healthy alternative.””

    So much better that he rocked in the competition huh? You put those losses on Vick? Your just a Vick hater. Anyone that’s actually watched the games knows our Special Teams and Defense lost those games. Vick had the number one offense in the league. But whatever. Hate is hate. Foles is good. But let’s get more of a sample before we say he’s better.

  29. kvanhorn87 says: Oct 18, 2013 3:26 PM

    What if he is questionable which matches the teams status and Vick is the one with the gamesmanship. That isn’t a violation of league rules. If he plays he may have but there are no rules governing the stupidity of players.

  30. mark0226 says: Oct 18, 2013 3:27 PM

    @ninozlatino

    No, I am not a Vick hater. I don’t know how you read that in the above statement. Vick is not 100% healthy, but if the backup was junk, then he would probably be playing. My point was that medically he is 50-50 as the Questionable designation states, which means he could play if he had to play. The reality is that he doesn’t have to play, so he is out.

  31. bleedgreen says: Oct 18, 2013 3:34 PM

    congratsyouareanidiot says:
    Oct 18, 2013 2:27 PM

    Let’s be realistic… while Foles has been very good the last two weeks, Vick has not played bad thus far this season.

    ———————–

    Nick Foles Red Zone QB Rating – 105
    Mike Vick Red Zone QB Rating – 57

    Foles gets 7 while Vick gets 3. That right there is enough reason to keep Vick in.

  32. yetimonster says: Oct 18, 2013 3:40 PM

    This article is trying to make something out of nothing. The Pats have done this for years, it’s old hat.

  33. TheWizard says: Oct 18, 2013 3:49 PM

    Belichick’s philosophy is that there has to be one voice for the team.

    I’ve never understood why this current crop of Eagles won’t buy into the system and operate as a team, but they can’t seem to do it.

    A house divided against itself = no trophies

  34. blockedshotnyr says: Oct 18, 2013 4:11 PM

    “At a certain point (perhaps now), Vick is trying to ensure that opposing defense will be prepared to face Nick Foles, which could keep Foles from being effective enough to keep the job once Vick is healthy.”

    ———————————————-

    Vick did this last week and I said it last week. This guy will do anything to keep his job including not what is in the interest of the team – I.E. keeping the other team guessing as to who is going to play.

    There’s no other explanation as to why 95% of players in this league can keep their mouth shut and let the speculation run rampant and yet, he cannot despite the team’s obvious preference for keeping the other side guessing.

  35. 23rdusernameused says: Oct 18, 2013 4:34 PM

    blockedshotnyr says: Oct 18, 2013 4:11 PM

    “At a certain point (perhaps now), Vick is trying to ensure that opposing defense will be prepared to face Nick Foles, which could keep Foles from being effective enough to keep the job once Vick is healthy.”

    ———————————————-

    Vick did this last week and I said it last week. This guy will do anything to keep his job including not what is in the interest of the team – I.E. keeping the other team guessing as to who is going to play.

    There’s no other explanation as to why 95% of players in this league can keep their mouth shut and let the speculation run rampant and yet, he cannot despite the team’s obvious preference for keeping the other side guessing.

    IE – Vicks a selfish prick, SHOCKER!!!!!

  36. vaphinfan says: Oct 18, 2013 6:25 PM

    What a selfish move by Vick. So much for the team concept. Hope Foles tears it up.

  37. letsgetasuperbowl says: Oct 18, 2013 6:42 PM

    “At a certain point (perhaps now), the Eagles are violating the league’s rules regarding the reporting of injuries. ”

    How about a more rational explanation. Vick is out as a starter (Foles will start), but is questionable to suit up and be available as a third option? I don’t think that violates any rules, nor does it create a contradiction between the team’s official position and Vick’s statement.

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