Barring some setback between Friday afternoon and Sunday, quarterback Michael Vick envisions himself running out of the tunnel to lead the Eagles against the New York Giants.
"There's no reason to think that I won't play on Sunday. I thank God for having two good days of practice," Vick said. "I'm optimistic that I'll be able to go out there and play against the New York Football Giants. If it wasn't meant for me to be out on the field, I wouldn't be feeling the way I feel now."
Vick suffered a concussion last Sunday late in the third quarter of the game against the Falcons. Vick underwent a series of tests and passed them all. He visited with an independent neurologist and was cleared to return to practice Thursday. Vick was a full participant in practice Thursday and Friday. The Eagles did, however, list him as questionable on the official injury report.
But Vick said that he feels "great," is "ready to play" and "nothing feels different." Vick praised the work of the Eagles and specifically head athletic trainer Rick Burkholder. Vick will not change his helmet, although he will make sure to have his mouthguard in. Knowing that the Giants like to bring pressure off the blitz, Vick is embracing how New York will look to attack.
"They want me out of the game because they don't want me in the game. Having to deal with me for 60 minutes, I understand the magnitude of that. It's fun. It's a game. That's why I'm here," Vick said. "I play the way I play for a reason. We're going to have fun. I look forward to the challenge competitively. We're excited about it over here. I know they've been doing a lot of talking, but they're the New York Football Giants."
Asked multiple times about the thought of getting hit again, Vick shook off those questions much the same way he juked the Giants blitzers in the fourth quarter of last season's Miracle at the New Meadowlands.
"I haven't even thought about getting hit. I play this game to win. I'm not thinking about the consequences of standing in the pocket or getting hit when I run with the football," Vick said. "I think we just have to play with confidence and not try to worry about it and put it in the back of your mind and just let things play out for itself."
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