Vick: no reason to think I won't play

Michael Vick participates in Thursday's afternoon practice. (Clem Murray/Staff Photographer)

Michael Vick sounded sure that he'll be playing Sunday when he met with reporters today.

"There's no reason to think I won't play," Vick said when asked about his status.

Officially the Eagles have listed Vick as "questionable," but that seems more of a precautionary take than anything. Vick has no more tests to clear, according to Eagles head trainer Rick Burkholder, and will not need any more formal testing unless his concussion symptoms return. Most of the symptoms had already subsided by Monday afternoon.

The Eagles will check on Vick again Saturday to see how he responds after practicing Friday. But all signs point to him playing, barring an unexpected setback. "It's heading in that direction," Burkholder said.

Vick, for the record, said he did not modify his helmet at all (sorry to all the Kevlar enthusiasts out there) but said he will wear a mouth guard. He was not wearing his mouthpiece when he got hurt. Burkholder said that's something the team will work with him on.

Defensive ends Darryl Tapp (pectoral) and Juqua Parker (ankle) will both be out Sunday, Reid said. That means Phillip Hunt will probably play more and Cullen Jenkins could see some time at defensive end.

Coach Andy Reid would not say if Vince Young will be in uniform. "There's a chance he is, there's a chance he's not." Young is still trying to recover from a hamstring injury.

He also wouldn't elaborate on the changes at linebacker. "You guys got a couple of good stories out of it. Helps play the bills," Reid said.


Michael Vick was suited up and throwing Friday at Eagles practice, another sure sign that the quarterback will start Sunday against the New York Giants.

Eagles coach Andy Reid will give a full practice report around 1 p.m., but Vick is a go for Sunday's home opener baring a setback.

Vick was cleared by an independent neurosurgeon and returned to practice on Thursday, just four days after he suffered a concussion against the Falcons. He missed Wednesday's practice, but has taken the necessary steps since so that he'll be ready for Sunday.

In other injury news, defensive ends Juqua Parker (ankle) and Darryl Tapp were not at the start of Friday's practice -- held indoors because of rain -- and are unlikely to play against the Giants.

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