After getting injured in two straight preseason games, questions have been raised regarding Michael Vick’s durability this season. The Eagles QB responded to those concerns in an interview with CSN Philly.
“I don’t think I’m injury prone at all,” said Vick to CSN. “I had a couple of fluke injuries that just happened but it’s not something I’m going to worry about. I’m going to continue to go out there and play.”
Vick hurt his throwing hand after hitting it against a helmet during the team’s first preseason game against the Steelers on August 9. During the team’s next preseason game against the Patriots on August 20, Vick suffered a huge hit from linebacker Jermaine Cunningham and injured his ribs. During both injuries, Vick left the game and underwent X-rays which came back negative.
While Vick did not play in the team’s preseason game against the Cleveland Browns on Friday, CSN Philly reports Vick led the offense during a scaled-down practice session during the team’s annual Flight Night event for fans on Sunday.
Vick has only had a total of 12 snaps during the preseason and won’t play until the season opener on September 9. Vick insists he’s ready however. He said the following to CSN Philly:
I’m not really concerned…I felt like I had a great training camp. I felt like I was into a rhythm. I felt like I would have played a lot of the preseason if I had been out there. I could’ve been productive.
At the same time, I had the rib. You’ve got to be able to go out there when you’re needed and be at your best. I think I’ll be ready Sept. 9.
You know, even though I’ve had these injuries, and they’ve been minor, I’ll still go out and play the game and play it effectively without worrying about getting hit. Obviously, sometimes in the preseason you can tend to worry about that and your mind will get off that direction of trying to protect yourself. At the end of the day you’ve got to forget about it, go out there and play football, and that’s the only way you play and not get hurt.
Rookie Quarterback Nick Foles has shined in Vick’s absence. The 23-year-old third-round pick from Arizona has completed 35 of 57 passes for 507 yards, thrown six touchdowns and two interceptions with a 112.2 passer rating.
“I see Nick as a guy who’s trying to play football the best that he can and he’s doing a great job of it,” said Vick. “So I don’t worry about that. I only worry about what I can do when I get out on the field and being at my best.”