Eagles coach Andy Reid said at his day-after news conference that he hasn’t decided how much his starters would play against Dallas but did mention that quarterback Michael Vick’s injury could keep him on the sideline. Certainly, the fact that Vick is limping heavily would seem to indicate he might not play in a meaningless game, the Eagles locked into the third seed.
“I’m not even sure he could get back from what he has now, the quad [contusion],” Reid said. “It was painful yesterday and it as painful today. If he had to play today, he couldn't. It's tight, it's sore. He'll be all right down the road.
“As far as how we play the guys, I haven’t finalized that, what I’m going to do there. I’m looking at it now. I wanted to make sure we took care of this game and got it past us. You got to look at what’s at stake if you play them, injury-wise. Some guys need the play-time, some guys need the rest-time. I got to look at that. You still want to win the game. I still haven’t gotten that far. I will, right after this meeting.”
Reid also said that DeSean Jackson’s foot was “bothering him a little bit. He’ll have some work on that today.”
He also said that linebacker Stewart Bradley (elbow) will not play against Dallas but should be ready for the first round of the playoffs on Jan. 8-9. He said Jeff Owens has a torn patellar tendon and that Asante Samuel had an MRI on his sore knee.
It seemed quite possible that Reid was laying the groundwork for sitting all of those players against the Cowboys .
Reid continued to be show disappointment in his team’s 24-14 loss to the Vikings on Tuesday night. “We have no excuses for this game. Again, it’s my responsibility to get our team ready to play. A lot of guys were in today to see the tape. This was their day off.”
Reid said he didn't consider taking Vick out after the QB suffered the quad injury, on a first-play scramble up the left side for 14 yards. He said he figured Vick was OK "as long as he could move ... it didn't look like he was hindered."
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