Vick 'excited' to return to Atlanta

On Sunday, Michael Vick returns to Atlanta as the Eagles starting quarterback. (AP Photo/Rob Carr, File)

With one week and one win in the books, Michael Vick's thoughts have turned to the place where his career first rose and fell as the Eagles look ahead to a game in Atlanta Sunday night.

"I thought about it this morning when I woke up," Vick said Monday at the Eagles NovaCare Complex. "I’m excited to play in the dome, just to be in that environment playing against a team that I once played for."

He added, "it's going to be fun."

Vick has been back to Atlanta as a member of the Eagles, throwing one touchdown pass and running for another score in a win over the Falcons Dec. 6, 2009. He was a backup then. Now he returns as a starter in a match up of two teams with big playoff hopes. The Falcons are coming off of a bad opening day loss to the Bears.

"I was just getting back to football, not starting, so it was a bit emotional," last time, Vick said. "This time, I think it’s going to be exciting ... it was mixed emotion last time."

He later added, "It does feel different because I'm going to be out there four quarters, and that makes a difference. It definitely makes a difference in the outcome of the game."

Vick received a mixed reception on his last trip to Atlanta, which was his first visit after leaving prison and joining the Eagles. Clearly some Falcons fans fondly remember his highlights, but others were obviously angered by his crimes and their impact on the franchise.

"I know I still have fans there, so it might be some cheers, it might be some boos, but as long as the Eagles fans cheer when we score, that’s all I care about," he said.

Vick had some run-ins with Atlanta fans, once showing them his middle finger, but said he "always loved them."

"I don't think we had an up and down relationship. I think some things happened but it was nothing as far taking a shot at them or being derogatory towards them. I've always loved the fans, I feel like they always loved me and I think it will always be that way, even if I’m in Philly."


Akeem Jordan has a "slight" labral tear, Andy Reid said today. The linebacker will "struggle" to practice this week and sounds unlikely to play Sunday.

Darryl Tapp tore his pectoral muscle "pretty good" Reid said. He said he doesn't think the injury is a long term one but did not give a firm prognosis for the defensive end. "Kind of a day-to-day thing," Reid said.

Same went for Vince Young, still nursing a hamstring injury.

Juqua Parker felt soreness in his foot this morning and had an X-ray, but it was negative, Reid said.