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Vick, Eagles Arrive In Tampa

Posted Oct 12, 2013

TAMPA, Fla. -- The Eagles landed in sunny Tampa on Saturday and were greeted at their hotel by a throng of fans and a handful of media, and quarterback Michael Vick stopped briefly to address his status for Sunday's game.

“I’m still working to get back to a hundred percent,” Vick said.

Vick is listed as questionable for the game against the 0-4 Bucs at Raymond James Stadium. If Vick cannot play, Nick Foles will start his first game of the season against the very team (and at the same stadium) he beat for his first NFL victory in 2012.

The Eagles have until 11:30 a.m. on Sunday to declare Vick active or inactive for the game and it appears his status will be unknown until that time.

“We have total confidence in Nick,” safety Nate Allen said. “We know what he can do, he’s a heck of a quarterback, puts points on the board. Like I said, we have total confidence in him.”

Players were also asked to address the story that emerged late in the week from Tampa, where a total of three players have been inifected with MRSA, a bacterium responsible for several difficult-to-treat infections in humans.

The Eagles are aware of the seriousness of the issue for when they take the field.

“With an issue like that, MRSA is serious because it’s a skin thing,” Allen said. “It’s not something to be taken lightly, for sure.”

“Hopefully they have it contained, we don’t want it,” said wide receiver Jason Avant. “But we’re going to try to get that out of our heads and play the game and not focus on it. Just protect ourselves, make sure we wash our hands, all those types of things and maybe wear some sleeves or something.”

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