Clearly, the story Thursday night had nothing to do with happened on the field. But rather, the news circulating through the press box, the stands and even on the sidelines - news that the Eagles signed quarterback Michael Vick.
Head coach Andy Reid discussed the move following Thursday's preseason opener.
"I'm a believer that, as long people go through the right process, they deserve a second chance. Michael has done that," Reid said. "I've done a tremendous amount of homework on this and followed his progress. He's got some great people in his corner."
Those people, Reid said, iinclude former Colts head coach Tony Dungy and NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell.
Reid dismissed any talk of a quarterback controversy and did not rule out the idea of carrying four quarterbacks on his opening day roster.
Under conditions of his reinstatment, Vick can immediately take part in preseason practices, workouts and meetings. He would not be eligible to play in the preseason until the Aug. 27 home game against Jacksonville. Once the season begins, Vick may participate in all team activities except games as he awaits Goodell's ruling on a full reinstatement.
Reid, meanwhile, acknowledges that the team's newest addition may not be popular with the masses.
"It's up to Michael to prove that change is taking place," Reid said.
Vick and Dungy are expected to be on hand for an 11 a.m. press conference Friday (LIVE Coverage on PhiladelphiaEagles.com).
Following that, Reid says, it's all about getting Vick caught up to speed on everything. And more importantly, getting him in football shape.
As for Vick's role, Reid said he could envision using the quarterback in some type of Wildcat packages.
"I'll think of something for him," Reid said.
Provided all goes as planned, Vick could be on track for a return to the city where his NFL career began as the Eagles play the Falcons in Atlanta on Dec. 6.
-- Posted by Bob Kent, 11:10 p.m., August 13