Quarterback Michael Vick stood in his locker and was brushing his hair as he was asked how far along the recovery from his rib cartilage injury has come. Vick suffered the injury in the loss to the Redskins on October 3 and missed last week's win in San Francisco.
"Last week, I couldn't brush my hair," Vick said. "Now, I can brush my hair."
Vick was one of five players not to take part in Wednesday's practice according to the team's official injury report. Of those five, only one - tackle Jason Peters - has been ruled out for this Sunday's game against Atlanta. Also not taking part in practice were defensive tackle Brodrick Bunkley (elbow), guard Todd Herremans (knee) and running back LeSean McCoy (rib).
The Falcons, of course, are Vick's former team. Vick was the No. 1 overall pick of Atlanta in the 2001NFL Draft. Vick returned to Atlanta as a member of the Eagles last year and scored his first two touchdowns of the season.
Vick claimed that facing his former team does not provide any additional motivation to get back on the field.
"It's no extra motivation because it's Atlanta. We past that; we got over that last year," Vick said. "It's just another football game against a tough football team."
As for his level of pain tolerance, Vick said that "it's being able to deal with it, just working out the little kinks and getting ready to go play some ball."
Vick said that he doesn't need to practice in order to play. Head coach Andy Reid said that he "probably wouldn't" play Vick if he is unable to practice. Quarterback Kevin Kolb started last week and took the reps in Wednesday's practice.
Wide receiver Riley Cooper (concussion) was limited in practice. Tight end Brent Celek (wrist), guard Nick Cole (knee), defensive end Trent Cole (hamstring), tackle Austin Howard (back) and cornerback Dimitri Patterson (back) were full participants in practice.
UPDATE: Here's the complete injury report for both the Eagles and the Falcons. Three key starters for the Falcons defense are listed on the report and one of them missed practice and may not be able to play on Sunday.
-- Posted by Chris McPherson, 4:26 p.m., October 13