Michael Vick is listed as probable and very much still intends to play Sunday against San Francisco with the badly bruised right hand he suffered in last Sunday's loss to the Giants. But Vick acknowledged today that the injury remains painful, and said he will have need of the special Kevlar-lined glove one of his sponsors, Unequal Technologies, is supposed to provide him by gametime.
"It's sore, it's real sore, but I feel like I've played through worse," Vick said. "If it's too much that I can't bear, and something's really wrong, then I'll probably come out of the game, but hopefully not."
Vick reiterated that "I want to show my teammates they can count on me in times of need."
Earlier, Eagles coach Andy Reid was asked about Vick's nonthrowing hand: "Today he had very little swelling in there, his hand seemed strong, and I think it'll do nothing but get better with time. We'll just see," Reid said. "Right now it looks like he's OK with (handling the ball). We'll see how it is tomorrow."
Reid was noncommital about what sort of protection Vick will wear. But Vick said: "I'm gonna need that (padded) glove." Vick is a part-owner of the company, and joked that if it doesn't arrive by Sunday, someone would be fired.
Wideout Jeremy Maclin, who injured his hamstring on the same play that led to Vick's hand problem, also is listed as probable. Maclin reiterated that he will play. Defensive end Darryl Tapp, who was a limited practice participant this week, was listed as "doubtful" which makes it unlikely he will play. Reid indicated he was trying to juggle Tapp, corner Curtis Marsh and safety Jaiquawn Jarrett as he decides who will take the active spot of corner Brandon Hughes, who is out with a hamstring pull. Reid allowed that Jarrett, the Eagles' second-round rookie from Temple, took more practice reps than Marsh this week.
Running back LeSean McCoy is the guy who makes the Eagles' offense go, according to 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh. McCoy, with 345 yards on 57 carries, is averaging 6.1 yards per carry, with four touchdowns in three games. He has 9 catches for another 49 yards and a TD.
"That says a lot," McCoy said, when told of Harbaugh's words. McCoy said from what he saw on tape that the Eagles ought to be able to run the ball, despite the presence of one of the NFL's most dominant defensive players, linebacker Patrick Willis, on the other side of the line.
"The beast in middle, Patrick Willis, is everywhere," McCoy said. "He kind of makes that defense go. You've kinda gotta know where he's at, have a hat on him the whole game."