Eagles coach Andy Reid and quarterback Michael Vick denied a report that said one of the topics they discussed earlier this week was Vick's perception that some unnamed assistant coaches wanted him benched.
"That's absolutely false. Coach and I never had that conversation," Vick said Saturday in response to the report on Yahoo Sports. "Everything in that room was personal, was man-to-man, but that never came up."
Asked if he is concerned about coaches having his back, Vick said: "Not at all. My coaches do a great job of getting me prepared, putting me in the best position possible, I have the utmost respect for them, and they know that without me even having to say that on camera."
Reid said: "I don't know where that would come from. That's not the case. Everybody's on board with Michael, and has been."
Vick said his goal Monday in New Orleans is to regain aggressiveness without being reckless.
Reid indicated there will be a roster move later today to get DT Mike Patterson on the 53, so he can play at least a few snaps in New Orleans Monday, pending conversations Reid said he needed to have with Patterson and general manager Howie Roseman. Patterson, having gone through surgery to fix a tangle of blood vessels on his brain in January, has practiced the past two weeks. He said he is ready to see how a game feels again.
Safety Nate Allen did not practice for the second day in a row, making it more likely that Allen will not play in New Orleans. Reid said Allen (hamstring) will make the trip and will be a gameday decision. Rookie David Sims will start if Allen can't.
Reid officially declared guard Danny Watkins (ankle) and WR/PR Mardy Gilyard (hamstrinmg) out for Monday. Reid said Watkins is fine moving straight ahead but has pain moving laterally.