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Vick: "I'm playing this week"

Eagles quarterback Michael Vick said that he will play this Sunday against the 49ers "regardless" of the deep bone bruise in his right hand.

Vick: "I'm playing this week"

"I think there´s a 100 percent chance I´ll be be out there on the field this week," Michael Vick said . (Clem Murray/Staff Photographer)
"I think there's a 100 percent chance I'll be be out there on the field this week," Michael Vick said . (Clem Murray/Staff Photographer)

Eagles quarterback Michael Vick said that he will play this Sunday against the 49ers "regardless" of the deep bone bruise in his right hand.

"Even if it was broke I think I would have probably padded it up and went back out there," Vick said at the NovaCare Complex. "You got to take precaution but this is what I love to do."

Vick will practice Wednesday, Eagles coach Andy Reid said. He participated in the morning walkthrough. Vick took snaps and was able to grip the ball, although he said the hand was still "a little sore."

At the start of practice Vick was wearing a glove on his right hand, although it is unclear if he normally wears one. He was seen holding the football with his right hand and went through individual drills with the Eagles' other quarterbacks before team drills.

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"I think there's a 100 percent chance I'll be be out there on the field this week," Vick said before practice. "I just want to be there for my teammates and hold myself accountable for my responsibilities and what I have to do as a quarterback. So regardless of what I have to go through I just want to be there."

If Vick has some sort of setback or re-injures his hand, Vince Young may be ready to be his backup. Reid said that Young, who had a hamstring strain, was 100 percent. Reid did not say, however, whether Young or Kafka would be the backup.

One of the concerns with bringing Vick back quickly is ball security. In three games this season he has seven fumbles, three of them lost.

"I was thinking in my meeting today that the most important thing this week will be to protect the ball," Vick said. "The good thing is I don’t put the ball in my right hand and I’m predominantly left handed when I’m running the ball. I just have to take care of the football and even if I have two hands that are 100 percent, I still can’t turn the ball over." 

Here's the rest of the injury report:

-- Wide receiver Jeremy Maclin (hamstring) won't practice, but is making progress, Reid said. He was described as being "day-to-day."

-- Receiver Riley Cooper passed all of his concussion testing, Reid said, and will practice.

-- Defensive end Juqua Parker (high ankle sprain) will not practice, but defensive end Darryl Tapp (pectoral strain) will. Parker missed Sunday's game against the Giants and Tapp has missed the last two games.

-- Cornerback Brandon Hughes (hamstring) will not practice and is unlikely for Sunday'a game.

In other news, Brian Rolle told reporters that he was the starting weak-side linebacker, replacing Casey Matthews. Nate Allen, who went in for Kurt Coleman after he was benched on Sunday, also said he's still starting at safety alongside Jarrad Page.

Jeff McLane Inquirer Staff Writer
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