Michael Vick has seen marked improvement in his quad bruise over the past few days and expects to resume his regular role this week, as the Eagles travel to Dallas with the NFC East title on the line.
"I want to get out there and help out," Vick said after a brisk New Year's Day practice. He had his two most productive games of the season just before suffering the injury, two weeks ago against the 49er. Vick was the third quarterback but did not see action in last week's victory over Denver. Eagles coach Andy Reid said Vick would be the second QB in Dallas.
"He's feeling good," Reid said. "We've got a couple things in for him."
"I feel like I made a lot of progress during the week," Vick said.
Safety and kick returner Quintin Demps (ankle) practiced fully and reiterated that he expects to be the kick returner this week. Demps sat out last week and rookie Macho Harris struggled badly, fumbling twice, losing one, leading to the game's final touchdown.
Reid said he feels Nick Cole is ready to start at center for the first time in his career, after a full week of practice in place of knee injury victim Jamaal Jackson. Jackson has started the last 71 Eagles regular season games, and their last five playoff contests, but he won't play again this season.
The Eagles pumped in canned crowd noise and worked the offense on a silent count, as they often do for road games. It was Cole's most extensive work in that situation.
"He handled it well with the noise this week," Reid said.
Reid reiterated that Brian Westbrook ought to be able to handle a heavier load this week, in his second game back from concussion problems.