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Andy Reid has seen his starting quarterback take a beating, and he hinted Friday that some of the hits involved may have crossed the line, but have not drawn a penalty flag.
"It bothers me," Reid said when a reporter asked about some of the big hits Vick has absorbed when he runs. "I see the same thing you're seeing. He does run, but he's still the quarterback and there has to be, you can't treat him like he's a running back there. That's not what the rules state."
Vick took another big heaping of abuse Thursday night from the Texans and got up slowly at times. He spent part of his time on the sideline riding an exercise bike in an apparent effort to stay loose.
Vick said Friday night that he is looking for penalty flags, to no avail.
"If you go back and watch the film, I’m getting hit after I throw the ball repeatedly, it’s time after time after time. I’m getting my face mask pulled, I’m getting hit in the head, the calls are not being made," Vick said in an appearance on 610 AM WIP.
"Every time I get hit I look up at the ref and I see no flag. And I see other quarterbacks standing in the pocket, the minute they get touched there’s a flag on the field," he said.
Vick said he should get the same protection as any other quarterback, but that he gets treated differently because he is so mobile.
"This has been happening for the last 4 or 5 weeks, and I haven’t complained, I haven’t said anything, but it’s getting to a point where I’m getting tired of getting up off the canvas," Vick said. "The defense is going to continue to do it because it's not getting called."
Reid declined to get into details when asked if he would address the hits on Vick with the NFL.
It was a mostly happy day-after press conference for the coach, who has seen his team come through a tough stretch of games with an 8-4 record.
Tackle Winston Justice has a knee hyper-extension that will bear watching, but Reid said Asante Samuel and Juqua Parker should both be back in practice when the team gets back together Wednesday.
Reid and his players have some time to rest -- he encouraged those not getting rehab to take their minds of football for a little while -- but Reid was critical of his team's tendency to take penalties. They had 11 for 85 yards Thursday night.
"You make it tough on yourself," Reid said. "It's going to be tough anyway, it doesn't have to be that tough."
He said Houston's center was using dramatic movements with a silent count Thursday, which may have led to some of the Eagles offsides penalties.
"Against good football teams, like we played here, you can't just shoot yourself in the foot. It's not a good thing, it's not productive," Reid said.
He said coaches have to stress discipline in practice and work with the scout team to duplicate opponents' techniques and prepare the starters for what they will face.
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