Quarterback Michael Vick declared at his locker on Monday that he's "finally back to 100 percent" after suffering a rib cartilage injury on Oct. 3 against the Washington Redskins.
Vick has missed the last three games. The Eagles went 2-1 in his absence, but Vick is set to return as the starter this Sunday when the Eagles host the Indianapolis Colts at Lincoln Financial Field. Before the injury, Vick was playing the best football of his career. For the season, Vick has completed 61.5 percent of his passes for 799 yards and six touchdowns against no interceptions for a QB rating of 108.8. Vick was named the NFC Offensive Player of the Month for September.
"I'm confident I can take a hit. I can't play the game worried about getting hit or not being able to play the way I like to play," said Vick, who added that he's experiencing no soreness at all. "The most important thing is to go out and play with confidence and believe in my abilities and believe in myself and the guys around me."
Part of what makes Vick so dangerous is his ability to take off with the football. He is second on the team with 187 rushing yards. It was a scramble that led to Vick's injury as he dove towards the goal line in an effort to score, but was crunched between two Redskins defenders.
"I definitely have to be smarter when running with the football ... I can't predetermine what I'm going to do when I play," said Vick, who indicated that he will wear extra padding in the chest area. "I just know that I have to play smarter, be conscious of what's going on out there and try to protect myself."
The Eagles are 4-3 coming out of the bye week. The Eagles have never lost in the game following the bye under head coach Andy Reid. The Eagles are just one game behind the New York Giants for first place in the NFC East. The Redskins and the Cowboys each lost on Sunday.
"We feel good about our position. Our focus is to take it one game at a time, win as many games as we can throughout the next nine and play good football," Vick said.
-- Posted by Chris McPherson, 1:00 p.m., November 1