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Vick Supports Team From Sidelines

Posted Oct 13, 2013

TAMPA, Fla. – Though active and in full uniform, Michael Vick was the emergency quarterback only and had no choice but to watch Sunday's Eagles-Buccaneers game and to cheer on his teammates from the sidelines. Vick went out on the field before the game to test his injured hamstring, but he knew he would not be able to play.

"It was a little tight, still a little sore," Vick said of his hamstring. "I just went out and tried to do the best I could, tried to keep it loose, but I knew I wasn't going to be able to go, and Nick [Foles] already knew that he was going to get the start. I was ready to support him and am glad we got the win."

Speaking of Foles, Vick's backup-turned-starter, he was marvelous in going 22-of-31 for 296 yards, three touchdowns, zero interceptions and a 133.3 quarterback rating. Foles also added a four-yard touchdown run for the first score of the game.

"He went out there and played with a great amount of confidence," Vick said of Foles. "I thought he did everything that he was supposed to do to put this team in position to win that game."

With the game now over and focus shifting to the Dallas Cowboys next Sunday, questions will persist about Vick's health and his status moving forward.

"Just take it one day at a time and see how (the hamstring) heals," Vick said of what comes next in his rehab. "I can’t try to stress it or rush it, but just make sure I’m getting my proper treatment."

The good news for the Eagles, as was demonstrated on the field against a very good Buccaneers defense, is that if Vick cannot play, the team has a more-than-capable NFL starter who can step up and not just fill in, but excel. Foles returned to the site of his first career victory at Raymond James Stadium and put forth an even better performance than last season. Vick has watched Foles develop and knows that his ability to direct the offense with such precision and success enables him to take the necessary time to rehab properly.

"When you know you have a quarterback behind you who can play," Vick said, "who can go out there and get the job done and the teams believes in him and the guys believe in him and the coaching staff believes in him, you don't have to rush (to come back). You don't have to try to push it, stress it out and make it even worse."

No matter how well Foles plays, Vick is not worried that his starting job is in danger because it is not something he can control as long as he is injured. He also knows that if he rushes the process, he could aggravate the injury more and be out even longer.

"That’s not something I’m going to worry about," Vick said. "I’m going to worry about getting healthy … You have to be cautious with an injury like this. If you go out there and stress it out, then you’ll hurt yourself for the next two weeks or the next three weeks. I just have to make sure I'm a hundred percent."

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