Michael Vick Injury: Latest on QB's Week 1 Status, Nick Foles' Reps and More
UPDATE: Sunday, September 9 at 11:31 a.m. ET by Jessica Isner: The inactives report has been released, and Michael Vick is officially a go.
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UPDATE: Sunday, September 9 at 8:10 a.m. ET by Jessica Isner: Very good news for Eagles fans: Michael Vick appears to be a go for Sunday's season opener at Cleveland.
The quarterback, who injured his ribs early in the preseason, isn't listed on the Eagles' injury report—so despite the fact that he sat out for the majority of the preseason, he seems to be healed. There couldn't be better news than that.
On a lighthearted note, even the president is concerned with Vick's injury-prone style of play: According to The News Journal's Martin Frank, President Obama recently said to cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha, "Tell Vick to slide."
We'll see if the president's wishes have any bearing on Vick's style on Sunday.
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For all the great things that Michael Vick can do on a football field, remaining healthy enough to make it through 16 games has never been his specialty. The Eagles need him to be under center all season if they want to make a run at the postseason in 2012.
Of course, all that begins on September 9 against Cleveland. Eagles head coach Andy Reid told reporters that Vick will be ready to go when the games count. He injured his ribs against the New England Patriots on August 20.
When the Eagles drafted Foles in the third round with the 88th pick overall, it did raise some eyebrows. But Reid has never been shy about drafting quarterbacks, even when he has an already-established veteran on the roster. (See: Kevin Kolb in 2007.)
Because Vick is so fragile—he has only played 16 games in a season once and has missed at least three games in each of his two seasons as the starter in Philadelphia—the Eagles do need a safety net just in case.
But, at least for now, Vick will be on the field for the season opener. He did not play in the team's third preseason game, which is when most teams will leave their starters in for at least the first half.
Foles was given the nod in that game and performed quite well, throwing for 146 yards and completing 12 of his 19 pass attempts. He also threw two touchdowns in the first quarter.
We will keep you updated on Vick's condition heading into Week 1, so be sure to check back to this page for all the latest news and information as it becomes available.
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