Amid a flurry of media reports suggesting that 1) Michael Vick has taken a step back in his recovery from a concussion, and 2) Vick is a "victim of politics" as the Eagles start Nick Foles while Vick recovers from his concussion, No. 7 issued a statement late on Friday afternoon to set the record straight.
"I want to thank my fans for the thousands of well wishes," said Vick in the statement. "I also appreciate the support of the entire Eagles organization. I feel strong and healthy. As a professional athlete, I want to play in every game but the NFL has a specific protocol to protect players. My focus is to complete this process successfully, so I can rejoin my team on the field."
ESPN reported earlier on Friday that Vick thinks "he's a victim of politics" over his repeated failures to pass the imPACT test, which test his neurological levels against baseline levels taken in the summer.
Eagles head coach Andy Reid said after Friday's practice that Vick and the team were on the same page when it came to how his recovery from the concussion suffered three weeks ago was going.
"There's nothing to that (report)," said Reid. "I've talked with Michael and Michael is good. I don't know where things get started but Michael is fine with it. He understands that everything is in the best interest of him right now and making sure that he's ready to go."