PHILADELPHIA — Eagles coach Andy Reid says he hasn’t decided if Michael Vick’s leg bruise will keep the quarterback out of Sunday’s regular-season finale against the Dallas Cowboys.
Vick sustained a quad contusion on the first play of the Eagles’ 24-14 loss to the Minnesota Vikings on Tuesday night.
Reid described Vick as feeling tight and sore on Wednesday, but the Eagles did not say which leg is hurt.
“I’m not even sure he can get back from what he’s got here with the quad,” Reid said.
Vick said after the game he tried to “tolerate” the injury and get through the game.
The Eagles don’t need Vick to play Sunday. They are locked into the NFC’s No. 3 seed and will host the No. 6 seed on Jan. 8 or 9. Their final game against the Cowboys is meaningless in the standings, so it’s likely Vick and most of the starters will rest.
Reid says he hasn’t decided how much the other starters will play, if at all.
Vick, selected as the NFC Pro Bowl starter shortly before the game, mostly struggled after his 3-yard TD pass to Clay Harbor in the first quarter gave the Eagles a 7-0 lead. He lost two fumbles, threw an interception and was sacked six times.
Vick has been battered in recent games and he looked gimpy, gingerly walking to the huddle and off the field most of the night. He limped his way to the podium for his postgame interview.
“I tell by the way he runs and it looked like he was running full speed,” Reid said. “So he was able to get out of any danger, he just, when he walked, he kind of walked with a little bit of a gimp, but he sure moved well.”
If Vick doesn’t play, Kevin Kolb will start. Kolb was the Eagles’ No. 1 quarterback after serving as the backup to Donovan McNabb for three seasons. Kolb suffered a concussion in Week 1, paving the way for Vick to take over — and take off. He set career highs this season in yards passing (3,018), touchdowns passing (21) and touchdowns rushing (nine).
The short break makes it even more unlikely that Vick will take any snaps.
“He might be able to play Sunday, I don’t know that for fact,” Reid said.
The Eagles did not practice on Wednesday and Vick was not available to the media. He posted on Twitter, “Understanding failure helps you appreciate success!”
The NFC East champion Eagles (10-5) could’ve secured a bye with victories over the Vikings and against Dallas on Sunday coupled with a loss by either Chicago or Atlanta this weekend.
They’ll have to win three playoff games to reach the Super Bowl — and will surely need a healthy Vick to get there