Birds Make It the Red-Faced Zone

Update: The Eagles' offense did not include Michael Vick running on and off for the drive that began with an Asante Samuel pick, midway through the second quarter, and the result was better continuity. At least until the Birds reached the Jacksonville 1, and the Birds' braintrust came up with one of those calls the fans love so much, a backwards swing pass from Donovan McNabb to LeSean McCoy. Not only were the Jags all over it, they seemed to understand much bettere than McCoy did that when he missed the ball, it hit his helmet and bounced off the ground, it was a fumble. Brian Iwuh ran the miscue 92 yards for a touchdown.

When the Jags tacked on a field goal on their next drive, they held a 17-3 lead.

Previously: Michael Vick came in for the Eagles' second snap, and received a warm ovation from a two-thirds full stadium. There were no overt signs of protest.

Vick ran a sort of option, which the team practiced all week, with Donovan McNabb flanked wide. Vick shoveled the ball forward to LeSean McCoy for a 4-yard gain, sandwiched between  two McNabb incompletions to Jason Avant.

Vick came in again for the second play of the second series, running to his left out of the shotgun and gaining a yard.

Later in the drive, Vick completed his first "real" pass, a 13-yarder to Hank Baskett.

All told, he was on the field for five first-quarter plays, one when he lined up in the slot with McNabb as QB. The Jaguars did not seem fooled by any of the trickery involved, and the Eagles got little continuity for their regular first-team offense, one of the stated goals of the evening.

 Earlier: The Eagles say it's no big deal, but Brian Westbrook, who had been scheduled to play tonight, will not, after warming up. Don't know what to make of that yet.

Michael Vick appeared for warmups around 5:30 p.m. Milled about among a group of QBs, near the 30-yard-line, on the end of the Linc closest to I-95. Threw passes to a few receivers and stretched, on the field maybe 20-25 minutes before heading off with Donovan McNabb. They paused to engage in a group hug with Herm Edwards. Vick wore game pants, black longsleeve undershirt. No reaction from fans, because there were only about 12 in the stadium. Lovely evening for a tailgate.

Earlier today, a court in Virginia accepted Vick's bankruptcy plan, apparently giving him plenty of time to get back to Philadelphia for tonight's game. Stay tuned. 

UPDATING: The inflatable helmet tunnel has just been carried off the field. Not sure if Andy Reid will update its condition when he lists the injuries after the game. Unofficial word is that the helmet tunnel had a hole in it and wouldn't inflate, so the players will just be running out of the unadorned stadium tunnel. Bad omen?