Eagles' Vick says he will play Sunday

Posted: September 23, 2011

Michael Vick spoke to reporters Friday, giving the quarterback a chance to answer, himself, the question fans in Philadelphia and New York have been asking all week: Is he playing Sunday?

"There's no reason to think I won't play," Vick said, adding more evidence to what has been clear for days: The Eagles believe he has recovered enough from last week's concussion to start against the Giants in their home opener. "I think after having two good practices, basically I'll be able to go out there, and I'm very excited about the opportunity to go out and play against the New York Football Giants."

Officially, Vick is listed as questionable, but he has no more tests to pass and no more exams required, unless his concussion symptoms return, said Eagles head trainer Rick Burkholder. Vick's concussion symptoms have not come back after he felt some soreness in his jaw and neck earlier this week, Burkholder said Friday.

"I feel great and ready to play, nothing feels different," Vick said Friday after his second consecutive day as a full practice participant. "I feel like I've worked myself back into good condition and playing shape, and I'm ready to go."

Asked if Vick will play barring any setback, Burkholder said: "I think we're heading in that direction."

"If he's OK on game day, then he plays on game day," coach Andy Reid said.

All signs are that Vick should be fine, though he will meet with a team physician before the game to be sure.

"If we don't get any kind of symptoms, our testing is basically finished," Burkholder said. "There's no formal testing anymore unless he would have a setback."

The team will look for issues such as headaches, nausea, or irritability, Burkholder said.

Reid said Vick handled practice well this week.

"He's been sharp. That's the best way I can sum it up," Reid said.

Vick said there will be no modifications to his helmet, despite reports of a Kevlar insert. But the quarterback said he will wear a mouth guard this week. He didn't have one against the Falcons, an issue Burkholder said the team will address.

The Giants, with an injury-decimated secondary, will be counting on their pass rush to help contain Vick.

"I haven't even thought about getting hit," he said. "I play this game to win, not thinking about the consequences of staying in the pocket or running or not getting hit when I run with the football. So I just think you have to play with confidence and not try to worry about it."

If Vick can't play for some reason, second-year quarterback Mike Kafka likely would start. He took most of the first-team snaps Wednesday when Vick was out.

It's unclear if Vince Young will be available Sunday. He practiced all week but did not dress for the Eagles' first two games as he recovers from a hamstring injury.

"We'll see," Reid said. "There's a chance he is [active], there's a chance he's not."

"My only concern with Vince at this moment is the injury part of it. I've just got to make sure I'm not going to put him at any risk," Reid said later.

Contact staff writer Jonathan Tamari at 215-854-5214, jtamari@phillynews.com, or @JonathanTamari on Twitter.


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