PHILADELPHIA (AP) - A badly bruised hand isn’t going to keep Michael Vick off the field.
The star quarterback was initially diagnosed with a broken, non-throwing hand after getting hurt in a 29-16 loss to the New York Giants three days ago. But tests on Monday revealed he had a contusion on his right hand.
“Even if it was broke, I think I would have probably padded it up and went back out there,” Vick said after a morning walkthrough. “You got to take precaution, but this is what I love to do.”
Vick hasn’t finished two of Philadelphia’s three games _ both losses. He suffered a concussion in a 35-31 loss at Atlanta on Sept. 18.
“I just want to be there for my teammates and hold myself accountable for my responsibilities and what I have to do as a quarterback,” he said. “So regardless of what I have to go through, I just want to be there.”
Coach Andy Reid said he wants to make sure Vick can take snaps without any problems.
“Ball handling, obviously is very important, in particular under the center, that’s where the problem would be,” Reid said. “Shotgun, you can get away with it, but under the center you’ve got to be able to squeeze and right now that’s not 100-percent. So, we’ve got to see. I don’t know how fast it’ll come back. I can’t tell you that.”
Vick said he did everything at practice despite a little soreness.
“I’m very encouraged,” he said.
Vick again apologized for criticizing the officials and saying he takes too many late hits without getting the benefit of a roughing-the-passer penalty.
“I think I was frustrated because I got hit late and I hurt my hand on that play and I couldn’t finish the game because of that,” Vick said. “That was one of the reasons I was frustrated. I don’t want any special treatment. All I want to do is go out and play my game. If they feel there’s a need to make a call, then they’ll make it. If not, then I won’t say anything about it.”
“My kids were killing me about that. That was a good one,” Vick said. “I guess when you sit on the podium and you make excuses like that, then you’re going to be labeled a crybaby, so maybe I did deserve it.”