BETHLEHEM --- Michael Vick is ready to roll, even if the Eagles haven't had their normal prep time for a preseason opener, as they turn on the lights tomorrow night at the Linc against the Ravens.
"Football is back. This what it's all about. We all get to go out there tomorrow and do something we love to do, and we enjoy doing ... We're all excited about it," Vick said after the Eagles' morning walkthrough, their last workout before they bus down to Philadelphia tomorrow from Bethlehem.
Eagles coach Andy Reid said Vick and the starters will play a quarter, more than they have in most preseason openers. DeSean Jackson, who hasn't yet practiced with the team after ending his holdout, will not play. Ditto Trevor Laws (hip), Marlin Jackson (sports hernia surgery), Brandon Graham (knee), Winston Justice (knee), Brandon Collier (ankle), Jeremy Maclin (illness), and Mike Patterson (seizure).
Reid said WR Sinorice Moss (groin) might try to play.
'it's probably going to be more like a scrimmage," Vick acknowledged, given the shorter prep time and the fact that teams are still assembling their rosters. "We all gotta shake off the rust, see where we're at. It's going to be different, but we're all in this together."
Reid said the second team, quartrerbacked by Vince Young, will play the second quarter. The second half will be for everybody else. Remember, roster limits are at 90 right now. Reid said everyone will play, everyone will get a chance to be captured on film for use in seeking a job elsewhere, down the line.
"I think there's going to be some learning going on out there," Reid said, and consequently, play "might not be quite as crisp" as usual. "But at the same time, you're going to have great energy."
This will be fans' first chance to see the team's high-profile additions, such as corners Nnamdi Asomugha and Dominic Rodgers-Cromartie, defensive end Jason Babin, defensive tackle Cullen Jenkins, right tackle Ryan Harris, running back Ronnie Brown, Young, and the rookies, led by first-team right guard Danny Watkins.
Asomugha is curious, having signed after the team reported to Lehigh and having gotten little sense of Philadelphia so far.
"The atmopshere is different (from Oakland) in practice, but I'm not sure how different the atmosphere is in games," Asomugha said. "No sense of it. All I know right now is Bethlehem, Pennsylvania."