Vick expects to see repeat of Vikings blitzes

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Michael Vick expects to see a repeat of the Vikings' heavy blitz in Sunday's playoff game against Green Bay. (Yong Kim/Staff Photographer)

Michael Vick said he expects to be "100 percent" healthy by Sunday, and he's also "100 percent sure" that he'll be seeing a familiar package of blitzing that will test his health. The Packers, in fact, will almost surely bring the same kind of pressure that the Vikings so successfully used when they sent cornerback Antoine Winfield after him.

"I’m almost 100 percent sure that we'll get the same type of looks," Vick said. "It might not be the exact same, but in some way, shape or form it’ll be similar. So we just have to be ready for it and I think we’ve learned a lot."

Said Jason Avant, "The Packers do the same blitz, and they're better at it, so we better get ready for it, and I think we're prepared for it."

The Eagles, of course, didn't adjust to the pressure from Winfield, but Vick said the Eagles have had a chance to study the look.

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"Everybody took a look at that film and really critiqued it and tried to figure out what we can do to get better," he said.

Head coach Andy Reid said Vick is "OK" but didn't get into the percentage game that has been played lately with Vick's health. The bottom line is the same as it has been all week: he had an injury, but he'll still be playing.

"If we do everything that we're supposed, everyone just does their job ... I think we'll be fine," Avant said. "Hot routes and everything, that's going to play a part, but protecting is the biggest part."

This time it will likely be Charles Woodson attacking Vick.

"There's not a lot guys that are a corner that can blitz as effectively as he can," Avant said.

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Dimitri Patterson will start at cornerback, Andy Reid said Wednesday. Expect him to see lots of action, with Asante Samuel on the other side.

"There's nothing going to change about my approach," Patterson said. "I'm going to be aggressive, I'm going to play smart, and I'm going to attack the ball, I'm going to attack the run game. However they choose to use me this week, I'm going top lay at a high level."

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Fullback Leonard Weaver was in the locker room Wednesday, and said he hopes to be out at training camp next summer, though he wasn't sure if he would be ready. Weaver suffered a serious knee injury against the Packers week one.

"I'm doing great," Weaver said. "On schedule. I can't wait to get back and get things started around training camp time."

But asked if that was likely, he said "I really hope so."

"If not we'll definitely be prepared at some point in the season," he said.

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The Eagles re-signed running back Martell Mallett to the practice squad. He replaces running back Joique Bell, who signed with the Saints.


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