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Vick says he gets it now

Eagles quarterback Michael Vick, returning this week from a three-week rib injury absence, said he plans to heed teammates and coaches who have pleaded with him to be more conscious of self-preservation.

Vick says he gets it now

Michael Vick says he will make more of an effort to protect himself. (Yong Kim/Staff Photographer)
Michael Vick says he will make more of an effort to protect himself. (Yong Kim/Staff Photographer)

Eagles quarterback Michael Vick, returning this week from a three-week rib injury absence, said he plans to heed teammates and coaches who have pleaded with him to be more conscious of self-preservation.

"Sliding. Getting down," Vick said, interrupting a question about how he might avoid missing valuable time with injuries. "I've made my mind up. There's going to be times when I can't get the extra yards. I gotta get down. I get too caught up in the game sometimes, but that leads to me being sidelined, not being accountable for the team on Sunday."

Vick called it "a situation I had total control of, and I still do it, each and every time I step outside of the pocket."

Vick said he will slide "the best way I can." Vick has said previously he doesn't really know how to slide.

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Earlier, Eagles coach Andy Reid spoke with reporters: 

* Everyone on the roster is practicing today. That includes Vick, Jeremy Maclin, Nnamdi Asomugha, King Dunlap and Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, all of whom had been hampered by injuries. Reid said he wanted to see how things go with Rodgers=Cromartie, who has a high ankle sprain. The others seem good to go.

* Reid said Vick will start Sunday against Miami, barring a setback in the new few days of practice. He said Vick felt good Tuesday after throwing the ball in Monday's light practice.

* Reid said there will be no changes in the starting safeties. On Nate Allen, he said that historically when you look at players coming back from patellar tendon injuries, it takes 2 years to recover.

* He said no one from the front office has approached him about firing defensive coordinator Juan Castillo to save his job. Reports over the weekend indicated that was the situation facing Reid, though it is hard to imagine those conversations would be happening now with four games to play. Reid said everything remains focused on this season and getting better.

* Reid said he talks with ownership "all the time" and that "we're all pulling together."

* On DRC, Reid said he was learning his new role, playing inside, and getting better each week. He said the last snaps he took before the injury were his best of the season.

* Reid said Asomugha's injured knee is feeeling "pretty good."

* Reid said he is very proud of Vince Young for the way he has handled himself and learning a complex offense. Young will remain the backup to Vick and ahead of Mike Kafka on the depth chart.

* Reid said Colt Anderson was having a Pro Bowl-caliber year on special teams. He said Anderson will continue to get better as a player after his ACL surgery and rehab. Abnderson's replacement, Tom Nelson, is practicing today, wearing No. 49.

* Reid again reiterated the reasons for the team's struggles -- turnovers in the red zone and penalties. He declined to get into specifics about the reasons behind the turnovers. He also again stressed that the goal at this point is to get better.

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