Last week, Eagles quarterback Mike Vick was optimistic about how good his injured hamstring was feeling. Eight days later, he’s sounding more pessimistic than ever about the situation.
“It’s worse than what I thought it was going to be,” Vick said, via Reuben Frank of CSNPhilly.com. “It’s just slow. It’s taking longer than I thought it would.”
We initially reported that Vick was likely to miss two games with the injury. Last week’s optimism (which likely was part of a ploy by the Eagles to prompt the Bucs to prepare for both Vick and Nick Foles) disappeared on Saturday night, when Vick admitted he has a “long road” back to health.
“I want to get back out there, but I can’t,” Vick said Wednesday. “I try to burst and run, I can’t do it. Just hoping it’s not a long time.”
Vick has plenty of reasons to hope it’s not a long time. Apart from $2.5 million tied in part to 2013 playing time, Vick is due to be a free agent next year. If during his absence the Eagles decide that Foles is the better option, Vick will be on the open market come March.