Michael Vick spoke publicly for the first time since his concussion on Nov. 11, the first time since there were reports that he believed that inter-team politics played a role in his return from injury, and the first time since he was benched in favor of Nick Foles.
Vick's future with the Eagles beyond the end of this season remains in doubt. Asked if he wanted to stay in Philadelphia and whether he would be open to returning as a backup, Vick said that he hadn't thought that far ahead.
"I just feel like I got a lot of football to play," Vick said. "I feel like I got a lot left in my tank. I'm enjoying the game. I feel fresh. I don't know. I got to talk it over with my agent and just see what happens. As of right now I got to continue to help this football team win these last two games and the future will take care of itself."
Vick, 32, has three years left on his contract, but the Eagles are only committed to paying $3 million of his $16 million salary for 2013. The team can back out of the guaranteed $3 million if they cut Vick three days after the Super Bowl on Feb. 3.
Andy Reid has yet to announce whether Vick would be Foles' backup or the No. 3 quarterback behind Trent Edwards, although indications are that he will be at the bottom of the depth chart. Vick returned to practice and was cleared by an independent neurologist last week. He said he took repetitions with the scout team at today's practice.
"It's different, but that's just the way things are right now and I have to roll with the punches and deal with it, make the most out of it, continue to work hard and continue to try and get better, continue to try and help Nick out," Vick said.
Vick was asked if he agreed with Reid's decision, one he announced on Dec. 3, to go with Foles as the starter for the rest of the season.
"I'm a competitor and I've always felt like and will continue to feel like I'm one of the best and I can play at a high level and I know I can," Vick said.
Vick said that he didn't believe not playing would affect his future whether with the Eagles or some other team. He missed five games because of the concussion. Earlier this month there was an ESPN report, citing a source close to Vick, that stated the quarterback thought that he was a victim of politics as the Eagles had decided to go with the rookie.
Vick was asked if he was on board with how the team handled his concussion.
"I just roll with the punches," Vick said. "Whatever the doc tells me I go with. I don't question that. They're professionals just like we're professionals at what we do. I respect their opinions and their judgment. That's just the way it was."
Vick suffered his second concussion with the Eagles against the Cowboys. The first occurred last September in Atlanta. He confirmed that the injury came on his second to last play when he was tackled from behind during a scramble. Vick was hit on the next play by Cowboys linebacker Ernie Sims and the back of his helmet hit the ground. He said that exacerbated the head injury.
Vick was asked if he regretted not leaving after the first hit.
"When I'm out there I'm going for the kill. If I'm not laying there and can't get up, then I'm going to get up that next play and give it everything I got," Vick said. "That's just me and maybe sometimes that can be sort of selfish. I only know one way. When I got hit the second time, I was like I got to come out. I couldn't see."