Michael Vick Not Expected To Play Against Dallas
By Frank Irving
Although officially listed as questionable, Philadelphia Eagles QB Michael Vick is unlikely to see action on Oct. 20 when they go up against the Dallas Cowboys due to a left hamstring pull — and he's got no one to blame but himself. Vick admitted during his weekly media briefing that the injury occurred because of a change in his warm-up routine prior to the Eagles' Oct. 6 game versus the New York Giants.
"I think I do a good job of stretching. It's just that in that game against New York, I came with a different regimen and it backfired on me. I understand what I did wrong, and hopefully it won't happen again,” Vick said.
The normally mobile quarterback is averaging over nine yards per carry so far in 2013. Nonetheless, he's not yet ready after just one week of rehab to fully cut loose under game conditions. "It can be re-aggravated quickly because [my injury] is up so high, and the way I run, I've got to take precaution, Vick explained. "I can't overdo it. If I do, it'll be another two or three weeks. I need to be real meticulous about what I'm doing."
“I feel it getting better, it’s just that when I try to burst there’s still a knot that’s there. I think that another week of rehab will put me in a position where I can start gaining some confidence in it and doing things that I normally do.”
Vick is expected to be the emergency quarterback against Dallas, just as he was last week against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Nick Foles, who completed 80 percent of his third-down passes in about six quarters of action since Vick's injury, will get the start versus the Cowboys. Foles was also 5-for-7 in the red zone with three touchdown passes during that span.
Worth noting in discussion of Foles' effectiveness is the presence of the NFL's leading rusher, LeSean McCoy, in the Philadelphia backfield. McCoy ran 25 times for 116 yards against Tampa Bay, opening up play-action opportunities. Foles responded by completing 9-of-12 passes for nearly 13 yards per attempt and two touchdowns in play-action situations.
Foles will face a Dallas' pass defense that ranks among the NFL's worst, yielding 308 yards per game, and will be without premiere DE DeMarcus Ware.