Earlier on Tuesday, there was a report out of Philadelphia that Eagles quarterback Michael Vick would say his hamstring had healed enough for him to play against the Giants in Week Eight when he met with the media.
Vick stopped short of such a proclamation when he spoke with reporters later in the day, however. Vick said he hasn’t fully tested his hamstring yet and he still fears aggravating the injury in a way that would extend his absence beyond the two games he has already missed. “Optimistic” was the word he used to describe his mindset, but he left open the possibility that he’s not able to play once gameday rolls around.
“I wish I could give you a definite answer, but I can’t right now,” Vick said, via the team’s website.
The Eagles appear to be planning around Vick’s presence in the lineup. Vick took the first-team reps in Tuesday’s practice with Nick Foles sidelined by a concussion and Matt Barkley just on the sidelines. Offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur cautioned against reading anything into that, but it’s hard to think anyone but Vick will start if his hamstring cooperates for the rest of the week.