Michael Vick carried football around Eagles facility

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Michael Vick carried a football with him everywhere he went this week. (Ron Cortes/Staff file photo)

In an effort to work on his ball security, Michael Vick carried a football around the Eagles facility throughout the week while teammates tried stripping it from him. He took it to breakfast, lunch, meetings throughout the day.

"Everyone thought it was funny, but I didn't," Vick said. "That's how much I care about this team. That's how much I care about our success."

Vick didn't say whether teammates stripped the ball from him, but said they tried and he eventually stopped because the "stakes" were getting high.

"There was a bounty on the ball," Vick said, drawing laughter.

Vick watched football games throughout the week and paid attention to how others carried the ball. He also spoke to his running backs about it. His conclusion? "Everyone's got it high and tight."

Vick's fumbling habits have been a discussion locally and nationally this wek. Vick said he understands the reason for the conversation.

"It's the nature of this business," Vick said. "The things I need to do is correct it."

He will not make any changes to his equipment on Sunday. He said the fumbles were not the result of what he wore. He also doesn't think all the conversation will cloud his head.

"I don't think it'll be a concern when the game starts," Vick said. "You don't want to worry about things that can happen. You want to make it happen."

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