Once again, Michael Vick will do whatever it takes to get on the football field. Despite a bone bruise on his right, non-throwing, hand, the Eagles quarterback told reporters Wednesday that he will be the starting quarterback come Sunday at Lincoln Financial Field when the team takes on the San Francisco 49ers.
"I think there's a 100 percent chance that I'll be out there this weekend," Vick said. "I just want to be there for my teammates and hold myself accountable for my responsibilities and what I have to do as a quarterback. Regardless of what I have to go through, I just want to be out there."
Vick took part in the walkthrough Wednesday morning and will practice this afternoon. He said that there is still significant pain, especially when receiving the snap from under center, but that he will do all that he can to block the pain out.
For Vick, the focus Sunday will be on limiting mistakes. The Eagles quarterback has seven fumbles through three games, though he has only lost three.
"The most important thing this week will be to protect the ball," he said. "The good thing is I don't run with the ball in my right hand ... I just have to take care of the football. Even if I have two hands that are 100 percent, you still can't turn the ball over."
The biggest challenge for Vick, though, won't be his swollen right hand. Rather, it will come in the form of the league's second-best run defense (2.94 yards allowed per carry) and best red-zone defense (two touchdowns allowed on seven trips).
"Facing the 49ers is the biggest challenge," Vick said. "They do some great things and they have some great players ... so we have to bring our 'A' game."
The good news for the Eagles, then, is that all signs point to the starting quarterback being ready to take the field on Sunday.