After admitting that his hamstring injury was “worse than he thought” yesterday, Michael Vick officially told the media today that he won’t be playing this Sunday.
“No, I’m not playing this week,” Vick said Thursday. “Not this week.”
Vick’s health holding him back for another week isn’t necessarily much of a surprise. All hamstring injuries can drag on from days to weeks, and especially given that Vick has an upper hamstring strain, which can take up to a month to heal fully, Vick missing two weeks (at least) isn’t a shocker.
When asked exactly why he couldn’t play today, Vick reiterated that he has no explosion because of his hamstring injury.
“I just can’t rush it,” Vick said. “I came out and tried to push it a little bit, tried to run a little faster. I was able to do that, but at the same time, I don’t want to push it too much. I want to let things happen naturally.”
You can tell how badly Vick wants to be out on the field, but that he knows rushing back before he is back to full health, may only lead to another injury and a bigger setback.
In Vick’s absence Nick Foles will get a chance to play the Dallas Cowboys in a game that has sole possession of the NFC East on the line and potentially win the starting job even when Vick is healthy enough to return.