Michael Vick was not late, and he was not supposed to be on the
sideline for the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday.
That’s what Eagles coach Andy Reid said after a 31-17 victory
over Atlanta in which Vick was the third quarterback. Vick has
injured rib cartilage that he sustained two weeks ago.
”I told the kid to be here are 12:15, and he showed up at
12:15,” Reid said. The game kicked off at 1 p.m. ”That’s it,
enjoy the win.
”We just kept him in the locker room, not near the field.
Today, I just wanted him here. I wasn’t going to let him get in the
game and throw the ball. He was not getting hit (Sunday), The
chances of him being in there were slim to none. He needed to be
around here dressed and in the locker room.”
When Vick was not in the stadium 90 minutes before kickoff, even
as some of his teammates were working out on the field, it caused a
stir. The Eagles said there was nothing amiss and that Vick had
permission to show up late.
On Friday, Vick practiced for the first time since getting hurt
in a loss to Washington. He began the season as the backup to Kevin
Kolb, who lost his job after sustaining a concussion in Week 1
because Vick was sensational in his absence.
Kolb excelled against the Falcons, going 23 for 29 for 326 yards
and three touchdowns. Reid was asked if such a performance might
lead to Kolb leaping over Vick as the starter. He said Vick remains
the No. 1 quarterback when he’s healthy.
”This is a beautiful thing, sitting as a chubby coach in the
National Football League and you have two good quarterbacks,” Reid
said with a smile. ”I told you (Vick) is the starting quarterback
before. Yeah, he is.”
Cynics might suggest Reid didn’t want Vick on the sideline in
case Kolb struggled and the sellout crowd at the Linc began
chanting for Vick. But Reid said using Vick wasn’t even part of the
game plan, with the exception of ”a completely emergency
”I already had wide receivers coached up if it was an extended
period,” he added about who would have gone behind center if Kolb
and second-stringer Mike Kafka were injured against Atlanta.
Reid expects Vick to practice this week as the Eagles prepare
for Tennessee. They have a bye the following week.
”We’ll see how he does,” Reid said. ”He’s already made long