PHILADELPHIA — Eagles coach Andy Reid says he hasn’t decided if Michael Vick’s leg bruise will keep the quarterback out of Sunday’s regular-season finale against the Dallas Cowboys.
Vick sustained a quad contusion on the first play of the Eagles’ 24-14 loss to the Minnesota Vikings on Tuesday night.
Reid described Vick as feeling tight and sore on Wednesday, but the Eagles did not say which leg is hurt.
“I’m not even sure he can get back from what he’s got here with the quad,” Reid said.
Vick said after the game he tried to “tolerate” the injury and get through the game.
The Eagles don’t need Vick to play Sunday. They are locked into the NFC’s No. 3 seed and will host the No. 6 seed on Jan. 8 or 9. Their final game against the Cowboys is meaningless in the standings, so it’s likely Vick and most of the starters will rest.
Reid says he hasn’t decided how much the other starters will play, if at all.
Vick, selected as the NFC Pro Bowl starter shortly before the game, mostly struggled after his 3-yard TD pass to Clay Harbor in the first quarter gave the Eagles a 7-0 lead. He lost two fumbles, threw an interception and was sacked six times.
Vick has been battered in recent games and he looked gimpy, gingerly walking to the huddle and off the field most of the night. He limped his way to the podium for his postgame interview.
“I tell by the way he runs and it looked like he was running full speed,” Reid said. “So he was able to get out of any danger, he just, when he walked, he kind of walked with a little bit of a gimp, but he sure moved well.”
If Vick doesn’t play, Kevin Kolb will start. Kolb was the Eagles’ No. 1 quarterback after serving as the backup to Donovan McNabb for three seasons. Kolb suffered a concussion in Week 1, paving the way for Vick to take over — and take off. He set career highs this season in yards passing (3,018), touchdowns passing (21) and touchdowns rushing (nine).
The short break makes it even more unlikely that Vick will take any snaps.
“He might be able to play Sunday, I don’t know that for fact,” Reid said.
The Eagles did not practice on Wednesday and Vick was not available to the media. He posted on Twitter, “Understanding failure helps you appreciate success!”
The NFC East champion Eagles (10-5) could’ve secured a bye with victories over the Vikings and against Dallas on Sunday coupled with a loss by either Chicago or Atlanta this weekend.
They’ll have to win three playoff games to reach the Super Bowl — and will surely need a healthy Vick to get there.
Meanwhile, on Tuesday night, Fox analyst Tucker Carlson gave the harshest critique of Vick’s past yet, saying the Philadelphia Eagles quarterback “should have been executed” for his gruesome dogfighting crimes.
Carlson was guest hosting for Sean Hannity’s show on Fox News Channel on Tuesday night when he made the remarks. He led a panel discussion about President Barack Obama commending the owner of the Eagles for giving Vick a second chance after his release from prison. Vick served 18 months in federal prison for running a dogfighting ring.
Carlson said: “Michael Vick killed dogs, and he did (it) in a heartless and cruel way.” He added, “I think personally he should have been executed for that.”
Pamela Browner White, the Eagles senior vice president of public affairs and government relations, said the team had no comment.
The Eagles did not practice on Wednesday so Vick, voted an NFC Pro Bowl starter, was not available for comment.
Neither Vick’s agent, Joel Segal, nor Fox News immediately returned phone messages on Wednesday.
This season, Vick has gone from a seldom-used backup to the NFC’s leading passer, the catalyst for Philadelphia’s dynamic offense. He was selected in a leaguewide vote by NFL players, coaches and fans to start for the NFC in the Jan. 30 Pro Bowl in Honolulu, and has led the Eagles to the No. 3 seed in the NFC.
Carlson, a conservative commentator, was angry that Obama told Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie he believes people who have paid for their crimes should have the opportunity to contribute to society again.
“But the idea that the President of the United States would be getting behind someone who murdered dogs (is) kind of beyond the pale,” he said.
Vick, who saw his first dogfight as a 7-year-old, has revived his career and is taking steps to rebuild his image. He spends time on his off days working with the Humane Society of the United States and speaking to school and community groups about the cruelty of dogfighting. He has said he’d never be able to completely forget the horrific acts he witnessed and committed.
He made headlines recently when he said he genuinely cares about animals and would like to have a dog for a pet. Vick said his kids ask him every day for a dog and wants to adopt one for his family.
It won’t happen soon. Under the terms of his probation, which ends in May 2012, he cannot own dogs during that time.
Carlson called Vick “some creepy rich overpaid football player” and used his platform to take a dig at Obama.
“He went to jail for two years. I mean, whatever,” Carlson said. “I think the president should be quiet on this one.”