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QB Vick, WR Maclin, S Mikell

QB Michael Vick

On most likely having WR DeSean Jackson back against a team of the Colts caliber: "Yeah, it's a good feeling to have everybody back, everybody at 100 percent, ready to go. We're going to need them. It's going to be a tough game. It's going to be a good hard-fought game, and we're looking forward to it."

On the Colts' defense limiting big plays: "The only thing you can do is plan and prepare, and try to take advantage of what the defense is going to give you. You never know what's going to happen. It's hard for me to sit here and say are we going to get big plays down the field. Maybe, maybe not. You just have to wait until everything happens on the field and just see how it goes, but we're definitely going to try and see what we can do."

On whether he is looking at this as a statement game: "I think so. This is a big game for us. We know the magnitude of it; we know what it can do for us, as far as our confidence moving forward. This is what this game is all about. Two good teams going up playing head-to-head football and you've got great players on both sides of the ball, and two great teams, so it's going to be exciting."

On how long it takes to get acclimated after a long layoff: "It doesn't take long to get acclimated. We've been through OTAs, training camp, mini camp. Once you get back out there and start throwing the ball, your timing comes back quickly, so it doesn't take too much time at all."

On whether he feels restricted at all in his movements:"I don't feel any restrictions in my movements. I've practiced all week, I haven't felt anything, so I'm ready to go."

On whether it can benefit him that he has not played in the last month: "I think so. Any time you have any time off, it could be a good thing and a bad thing depending on what you do throughout the duration of the time off. I've managed to stay in shape and it's also less wear and tear on your body, so I feel fresh, I feel healthy."

On whether he lets himself think about playing against Colts QB Peyton Manning:"By us being in the NFC, you won't have this opportunity unless you meet him again in the Super Bowl, so it's great to be playing against one of the great ones, and like I said, that's what this game is all about. And we're not doing anything that hasn't been done before with all of the great ones that came before us."

WR Jeremy Maclin

On looking back at his 142-yard, two-touchdown performance after the bye week last season: "Yeah, obviously it was my first touchdown, my first 100-yard game, so that's something that I'll remember and kind of cherish, and hopefully we can have a repeat performance after the bye this week."

On dealing with several players coming back to the lineup from injuries at the same time:"I think that's a process. I think we started it Monday when everybody kind of got back and started to get into the swing of things. To me, it's a process, and it's a process that's going very well. I don't think anybody really missed a beat. Monday was kind of feeling each other out again, getting back on the same page, and by Wednesday I feel like we were good to go. We're excited about this week, and we have a tremendous task ahead of us with Peyton Manning and the Colts, but I think we're definitely ready to take on the challenge."

S Quintin Mikell

On whether it's tough not to sell out when going up against such a pass-happy offense: "Well, the thing that you have to realize with the Colts, is they're going to do whatever gives them the best chance to win the game. And if that's throwing 30 times or running 30 times a game, they're going to do it. And I think the last time we played them, their run was killing us, so why go away from it? This time, you can get a little too focused on trying to figure Peyton out and all that stuff, and you forget to do little things like I was saying, getting off blocks and tackling, and reading and holding gaps and stuff like that, so we have to make sure that we don't do that."

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