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Vick Misses Practice, But Aims To Play Vs. Cowboys

Quarterback Michael Vick missed last Sunday's win over Denver with a quad contusion. He was the only player to miss Wednesday's practice, but he hopes to return for this Sunday's NFC East championship showdown in Dallas.

"I'm very excited to get back out on the field. Being hurt is not the thing you want to be at this time of year," Vick said. "To have a chance to go out and get myself healthy and play against Dallas is my goal. That's what I'm trying to do, so that's why I've been working hard with the trainers."

Vick has been an integral part of the team's success during the recent six-game win streak. He had his first passing touchdown of the season in his return to Atlanta, which is where he also rushed for a score. He added his second rushing touchdown of the year a week later in the shootout win over the Giants.

Vick was injured in the first quarter of the win over San Francisco when he was tackled by strong safety (and former Eagle) Michael Lewis. Last week against Denver, Brian Westbrook and DeSean Jackson took direct snaps from center in situations that Vick would have likely been used. Vick explained what he needs to do to be able to suit up on Sunday.

"I really need to show that I'm 90 percent, that I can go out there and I can cut, I can move around and also that I can protect myself," Vick said. "That's the common goal. That's what we're working towards. I feel like I'm making progress. I feel strong. I just have to keep pushing and keep working hard."

Only four other Eagles appeared on the injury report. Reggie Brown (shoulder), Nick Cole (knee), Quintin Demps (ankle) and Jeremy Maclin (foot) all were full participants in Wednesday's practice.

The Cowboys issued their injury report and tackle Marc Colombo (ankle) and safety Pat Watkins (knee) did not participate. Colombo is the team's starting right tackle, but has been sidelined with torn ligaments in his ankle as well as a fractured leg. Reports indicated that he could possibly return for this Sunday's game, but Doug Free has played well in Colombo's spot.

Wide receiver Miles Austin (thumb), cornerback Terence Newman (knee), strong safety Gerald Sensabaugh (thumb) and linebacker DeMarcus Ware (wrist) all had full participation in today's practice for Dallas.

-- Posted by Chris McPherson, 6:40 p.m., December 30

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