Eagles quarterback Mike Vick has a concussion. He can’t practice or play until he’s cleared by an independent neurologist. Giants coach Tom Coughlin, whose team faces Philly on Sunday, nevertheless is planning to face Vick.
“I expect Michael Vick will play and if he can’t play, I am sure he will,” Coughlin told reporters on a conference call, via the Associated Press.
Coughlin isn’t developing two game plans for Sunday. He’s preparing his team to face Vick, and at this point it would be a surprise if Vick doesn’t play.
It’ll be the first meeting between the two teams since the Eagles staged a comeback for the ages last November. With the game apparently heading to overtime, a punt return for a touchdown from DeSean Jackson gave Philly the win.
“The theme that we had throughout the preseason, not just based on that game, but based on a lot of our games quite frankly, is to finish,” Coughlin said. “We’ll continue for that to be one of our themes and constantly work to finish the game stronger. That is something we’ll present to our players again this week.”
The Giants will have their hands full, regardless of whether Vick plays. Eagles coach Andy Reid knows how to coach up quarterbacks, and second-year backup Mike Kafka played well in relief of Vick on Sunday.