BETHLEHEM, Pa. -- Mike Vick excelled during practice on Sunday afternoon, with strong throws despite a heavy heart. The practice field was a sanctuary after Garrett Reid's stunning death. But it did not eliminate the raw emotion of the afternoon.
“Walking off that field, that’s when it hits you,” Vick said. “There’s no escape from it.”
Vick is close with Andy Reid, who signed Vick after Vick was released from prison and has been a believer in his quarterback. Vick is also a father. He feels for his coach as a friend, but he also feels the pain as a father.
“I can’t imagine," Vick said. "It makes you want to strengthen your relationships you have and enjoy every day, and not take life for granted.”
Vick was also friendly with Garrett Reid. He said Garrett Reid could always draw a smile and remembered him as a funny man with "great spirit" and "a lot of enthusiasm." Vick also lauded Garrett Reid as a budding strength and conditioning coach, and said Reid's work with Eagles strength and conditioning coach Barry Rubin was the reason he stayed in Philadelphia and worked out at the NovaCare Complex during the offseason.
““When you talk to Garrett, you see Andy, Two different personalities, two different people, but same makeup.”
Some quick injury notes from the morning:
- Cornerback Cliff Harris turned his ankle and offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg said "well see how it goes" in regard to Harris playing on Thursday. Defensive tackle Ollie Ogbu, who has a hamstring injury, is in the same category.
- Linebacker Casey Matthews has a hip flexor injury but expects to practice Monday afternoon.
- DT Fletcher Cox is back at practice after going home for a funeral for his cousin.