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QB Vick, WR Maclin, CB Hobbs, SS Mikell

QB Michael Vick

On how much he is looking forward to having WR DeSean Jackson back in the lineup: "Well, you always look forward to having all of your weapons out there on the field. It'd be great to have DeSean back, and he's looking like he's 100-percent and ready to go."

On his comments that he must play smarter and how he plans to do that: "I'm just going to go out and play. The way I feel, I feel like I can go out and take a shot if I have to. But at the same time, within doing all of that, just play smart and not take the unnecessary hit, and that's what I mean by that. I think in watching the last four or five games that I played in, I took some unnecessary shots, and I think it can all be avoided. So, that's what I meant, just try to avoid the unnecessary shots, and just try to go out and still play my game."

On whether he will slide to avoid hits: "You'll definitely see me getting down, without taking an unnecessary hit."

On the Colts' pass rush: "The Colts have a tremendous pass rush. You've got (DE Dwight) Freeney and (DE Robert) Mathis on the outside. Probably two of the best ends in the game. Those guys have more takeaways since 2003 than any tandem at the defensive end position, so it's definitely going to be a challenge. That's what this league is all about."

On whether he feels one-hundred percent physically: "Yup. I'm 100 percent. I don't have any aches anywhere in my body. No pain. No soreness, no swelling. And the bye week really did work wonders for me, so I was fortunate it came around a time in which I needed it."

On how much he needs the offensive line to protect him going up against the Colts' pass rush: "I think, like I said, it's a challenge for everyone all across the board at all 11 positions. We just all have to be on one accord. We have to go out and execute, and everybody has to do their job in order to win a football game. Not just to beat the Indianapolis Colts, but to beat any team in this league you have to be on the same page. So, we're excited about the opportunity, and these are the types of games that you live for."

On whether he expects Jackson to play like he did prior to getting hurt if he is able to play on Sunday: "Well, I would hope so. If DeSean comes back and plays, I expect him to do great things - do what he's capable of doing within a football game. We can't put all of the pressure on DeSean to make plays for this ball club. Like I said, we have 11 guys on this offense and we all want to go out there and put it together ourselves and help DeSean in the process. So we're all going to be pushing, putting our best foot forward, trying to make this thing work."

On how he's approaching the Colts game coming off of a long layoff: "You just approach it with confidence. You just try to go back and look at some of the things that you did well when you were playing. I felt like I did some good things and I'm still confident in myself and confident in this offense, and more than anything, confident in the players that I have around me. And I trust them. Only God knows what lies ahead, and I put it all in his hands, and I just carry out the plan."

On whether he has any feeling of pain in his ribs: "No feeling in the ribs at all. And it's great to be 100 percent again. Let's just try to keep it that way. I have to."

On his evaluation of the team as the second half of the season nears: "I think second half, we're in a good position. Like I said, we just have to put our best foot forward and try to pull out some wins here, and make sure we do what we're asked to do and what we're supposed to do. If we do that, everything will work out."

On whether playing against Colts QB Peyton Manning adds anything to the matchup: "I'm going against the best quarterback in the game, if you ask me, Peyton Manning. I watched him the other night against the Houston Texans, and just an unbelievable job he did, just orchestrating the offense, getting guys lined up, calling the plays. Like I said, this is what it's all about. You've got to play against the best, and you've got to want to be the best, so it's going to be a great matchup, very intriguing."

CB Ellis Hobbs

On practicing this week: "Right now, I'm not practicing for the Indianapolis Colts today. Tomorrow, I might be practicing. I don't know. I'll talk with (Eagles head coach) Andy (Reid) again. (I'll) go back into the training room, talk with the doctors, all these things, and figure out what the issues are, how can we correct them, and move forward from there."

On whether he will start if he's healthy: "I intend to. I hope so. But I can't deal with that until I deal with problem one. That's C. I've got to get to A and B first."

On how far he feels he is away from practicing: "There's no percentage on that. It's all about just responding right in my body and mind, and just going from there. What the coaches see in my body being responsive to it, and going from there with it.

S Quintin Mikell

On knowing where the line is when trying to play through an injury: "Everybody has to deal with their own issues. Some guys are able to fight through things, some guys aren't. Everybody's different. So if you go over to me and tell me I look like I'm hurting, I'm not going to want to come out of the game. I put it on myself, if I know that I'm hurting the team, then I'll come out of the game, but, me as a competitor, I'm different than the next guy. So everybody's different and they handle it their own way."

On whether he ever felt Jon Runyan would be helping run the country: "That's pretty incredible, man. I didn't know how into that he was. I went to his house one day and he was talking about it. That's pretty cool. My hat goes off to him."

On whether he ever talks politics with Runyan: "No, like I said, I never knew. I never really talked politics. I never knew he was really into it like that, and I'm not really a politics guy."

On Runyan's leadership: "He's always been a leader. The thing that I respect the most about Jon was that he'll say something, but then he'll get in the trenches with you. He's not the kind of guy that'll say something and won't do it. So he's definitely going to follow through with what he says. He's going to fight for everything, he's going to put the team first. And that's all kind of stuff that I respected most about him."

WR Jeremy Maclin

On DeSean Jackson practicing Wednesday: "The fact that, experiencing what he experienced, and obviously getting hit like that, to be able to bounce back, get back out there, run around a little bit, is definitely a good thing."

On what kind of comfort level the team has with Vick: "We're comfortable. He's been in there, he's run the show. So we're comfortable. There's not too many guys at the quarterback position who can do what he does. We have all the faith in the world in him."

WR DeSean Jackson

On how it feels to be able to practice again: "It feels good. Being away from the games and practice, and things like that, it's hard to sit around and just watch and stuff, so it's good to be back out there and get going."

On whether he thinks he will play against the Colts: "I don't know yet. We'll see. Go out through the week. We'll see how I do and things like that. Still, it's only Wednesday, so we still have a couple of days to get a feel for how I'm doing."

On whether it's been scary dealing with his concussion: "Yeah, any time you get a concussion it's obviously not that good dealing with your brain and things like that. It's unfortunate, but I'll be right back to where I need to be, just going out there and being able to play."

On whether he will be cautious after having two concussions within one year: "That's always first, my health. I'll definitely worry about that. I'm not just going to run back out there if I'm not healthy enough to go out there and be the same receiver that I'm able to be. That's what we're trying to figure out also."

On how hard it is to balance his health against wanting to get on the field: "As a football player, you can't really worry about how hard you get hit or what happens on the field. Just got to go out there and hopefully you don't get too injured or whatever the case may be. It's just a part of the game we play, so (I'll) just go out there and keep doing what I do."

On whether he will be thinking about his concussion in the back of his mind when he's on the field:"People can talk and say everything you can about me having it in my mind. Like I said, at the end of the day, I still have to go out there and play football, so I'm not going to worry about it being in the back of my mind. It's something that happened, unfortunately, but I still have to go out there and do a job, so (I) won't be worrying about it."

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