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Vick to return after Eagles’ bye
PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Barring any unforeseen setbacks, Philadelphia quarterback Michael Vick, who missed the last three games with cartilage damage in his rib cage, is expected back and will start against the Colts on Nov. 7, Eagles coach Andy Reid said on Monday.
In fact, Reid expects the Eagles to be as healthy as they possibly can be when they return from the bye week.
“I’m feeling better. I think I’ll be fine,” Vick said after Sunday’s 37-19 loss to Tennessee, in which he was the designated third quarterback, but watched the game from the sidelines.
“From the penalty he got Sunday, he’s not afraid of contact,” Reid said half-jokingly about Vick, who was called for getting in the way of a referee on the sideline during a return in Sunday’s loss. “He’s improving. He’s getting healthier. I’m thinking he’ll be ready for the Colts. If he isn’t, I have faith in Kevin Kolb. The entire team has faith in Kevin. But it looks like (Vick) is on track to return.”
Vick injured the rib area in the first quarter of a loss to Washington on Oct. 3. Before the injury, Vick engineered two wins in two starts, both on the road. For the year, he is 59-of-96 for 799 yards with six touchdowns and no interceptions. He has a quarterback rating of 108.8. He’s also run the ball 26 times for 187 yards and a touchdown. It was on a run that he suffered the injury when he was sandwiched by two Washington defenders.
“I have to be a little more careful there, and I will be,” Vick said. “I’m not going to be as reckless as I was on that play.”
In five games, Jackson has 19 catches for 395 yards, with an average of 20.8 yards per catch and three touchdowns. He’s also carried the ball six times for 67 yards, including a 31-yard score on an end around.
Peters, who underwent arthroscopic surgery to clean out some meniscus damage, should be ready to start. He may have to since his replacement, King Dunlap, suffered a hyper-extended knee in Sunday’s loss.
Bunkley, whose elbow injury originally appeared to be season-ending, will be eased back, especially with his replacement, Antonio Dixon, playing well in his place.
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