With the idea that the Eagles have no reason to rush Michael Vick back vs the 0-4 Tampa Bay Buccaneers with Nick Foles proving he is a capable backup (if not a starter) and an important divisional battle against the Dallas Cowboys lingering next Sunday, Michael Vick made it pretty clear, yesterday afternoon, that his chances of starting against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers this Sunday are all but non-existent.
“I think it’s important to be 100 percent,” he added. “This type of injury, if you do anything out of the ordinary you can prolong the recovery process. I’m just trying to make sure I’m being smart about it. Our training staff is as well.”
Vick did admit that if this game was more than just a regular season showdown against a non-divisional opponent, that he may very well be playing. But it isn’t.
“To say I can go on Sunday, I can’t sit here and make that type of statement,” he said. “If I had to [play], yeah.”
Vick does believe that his hamstring is coming along well enough to make him believe that he won’t have any problem playing against the Dallas Cowboys next week.
“I think if I wasn’t to play this week I’d be able to play next week,” he said. “But it still remains to be seen. You never know what can happen tomorrow.”
Chip Kelly has been very political on the matter, saying that a starter doesn’t have to be named until gametime. Kelly really has no reason not to play Foles. Foles doesn’t greatly reduce the Eagles chances of winning, and if he plays like he did in the fourth quarter against Giants, he may actually prove to Kelly that he gives the Eagles a better chance to win moving forward.
Vick is running what appears to be a calculated risk. He could rush back to avoid a quarterback controversy, but he could end up injuring himself even more than he already is. And a hamstring injury on your plant leg isn’t an injury you want to aggravate. At the same time, he could sit out and be perfectly healthy, but if Foles balls against the Buccaneers, Vick may never get his starting job back.
Update Saturday October 12th 6:30 PM EST: ESPN is reporting that an NFL source has informed them that Michael Vick officially will not play Sunday against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.