Aug 20, 2012; Foxborough, MA, USA; Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Michael Vick (7) warms up before the start of the preseason game against the New England Patriots at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: David Butler II-US PRESSWIRE

Michael Vick Expected To Be Ready For Eagles Season Opener

Michael Vick was rocked by a Patriots defender and exited Monday night's game early. X-rays on his ribs were negative and Vick plans to be ready by Week 1.

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Andy Reid Not Concerned With Michael Vick's Health

When the Philadelphia Eagles take the field Sunday for their season opener against the Cleveland Browns (1 p.m. ET on FOX), head coach Andy Reid will not be thinking about the health of starting quarterback Michael Vick.

"I don’t really worry about that," Reid told WIP's talk show host Angelo Cataldi on Wednesday, "I want him to just go play and be himself. And there’s a time and a place where he knows he’s gotta get down or out of bounds, but other than that you go play. That’s what’s made you great — you play a certain way and you go for it. And this game, I think if you asked any player they’re going to tell you they gotta catch a couple breaks here and there with the injury bug. And so hopefully this is his year where he does that."

For over two weeks, Vick has been recovering from a rib injury he suffered during the Eagles second preseason game, Aug. 20, against the New England Patriots. Since then, Vick has not seen any on-field action as he skipped Philly's final two preseason games.

Despite the lack of live reps, Vick is scheduled to start in Sunday's season-opener.

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Michael Vick On Track To Return From Injury

Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Michael Vick is on schedule to start in Sunday's season opener at the Cleveland Browns (1 p.m. ET on FOX), a report from Philadelphia Inquirer writer Zach Berman said Tuesday.

Vick, who's recovering from a rib injury he suffered in an Aug. 20 preseason game, took all the first-team reps Monday and said he felt all but healed.

"My arm felt fresh and my legs felt good," Vick said. "I threw the ball really well, and I had a chance to make some throws that I haven't made in a long time. It felt good to be back, and I'm extremely excited."

On Sunday, Vick is expected to wear a custom-fitted Kevlar flak jacket to provide more protection to his ribs.

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Eagles Say Michael Vick Will Be Ready For Season Opener

The Philadelphia Eagles aren't worried about Michael Vick's availability for the regular-season opener.

Andy Reid said Vick will be ready to go on Sept. 9 when the Eagles play the Cleveland Browns, reports Reuben Frank of CSNPhilly.com. Reid also said that if the games counted now, Vick would be playing.

Earlier this week, Vick underwent an MRI which revealed no damage to his rib bones or cartilage. Even so, it's almost a certainty that he'll be held out the rest of the preseason.

Vick's expected availability for the regular season must come as a breath of fresh air to Philly fans considering all of the time Vick has missed due to injury in previous years, including missing three games with a rib injury in 2010.

With Vick on the sidelines for now, rookie Nick Foles will start against the Browns on Friday.

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Michael Vick Injury: Eagles QB Has 'No Concerns' Being Ready For Week 1

After suffering a rib injury Monday night, the Philadelphia Eagles are not expecting to see quarterback Michael Vick for the remainder of the preseason. But the the signal caller isn't concerned about missing his team's season opener, Sept. 9, against the Cleveland Browns, a source has told Pro Football Talks' Mike Florio.

Vick, who took a shot to the ribs in the middle of the first quarter of Monday night's 27-17 victory over the New England Patriots and never returned, had X-rays on his midsection after leaving the game. Luckily, the findings came back negative.

On Tuesday, the injury-prone quarterback is expected to have a MRI and CT scan done to determine if there's any cartilage damage.

The Eagles have two more preseason games left on their exhibition schedule, the next being Friday night against the Cleveland Browns. Philly's final preseason contest, a game starters do not usually play in, is Aug. 30 against the New York Jets.

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DeSean Jackson Thought 'No, Not Again' When Michael Vick Went Down

When DeSean Jackson saw Michael Vick go down in Monday's game against the Patriots, he thought, "No, not again." Vick's had an injury prone reputation in the past and suffering an injury in consecutive preseason games won't help that.

Last week it was the thumb injury. This week it's an apparent rib injury but x-rays were negative.

"Last year we dealt with a lot of him getting injured and things like that," Eagles receiver DeSean Jackson said in a sideline interview with ESPN's Lisa Salters. "He's such a huge part of our offense. Going back in there at halftime and checking him out, things were pretty cool. He was sore and bruised up a little bit. He was just like, 'Man, I can't keep taking hits like that.' Hopefully we can protect him better."

The Eagles are hoping he can do the same but Vick isn't someone who is going to go down easily which will occasionally lead to situations where he's more at risk for injury.

"He was back there joking around but at the same time sore, bruised up and hurt a little bit," Jackson said in the third quarter on Monday night. "But it's the second preseason game. We have a lot of time before the first game. Hopefully he can get off his feet, chill, relax and not take anymore hits like that."

Updates on Vick's status will continue to come in this week but Andy Reid says Vick is "sore but OK".

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Michael Vick Injury: Eagles QB Goes Down, Heads To Locker Room For X-Rays

Michael Vick was injured in the middle of the first quarter during the Eagles Monday Night Football game against the Patriots. As he dropped back to go deep off of playaction, Vick took a big shot to the midsection from Patriots rusher Jermaine Cunningham. The ball fluttered deep down the field as Vick was planted on the Gillette Stadium turf. It first appeared to be an injury to the ribs. An animated gif of the hit that injured him:

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The Eagles quarterback was slow to get up at first, hobbling back to the huddle and grabbing his stomach. But a moment later, he went down to one knee and Andy Reid was forced to call a timeout. Nick Foles came in to replace him as he went to the locker room for further examination and x-rays.



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