Philadelphia, PA, United States (4E Sports) – Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Michael Vick declared that his hamstring is feeling better but he still needs another week of rehab to regain his full strength.
“I feel it getting better,” Vick said Tuesday. “It’s just when I try to burst, that knot is still there. I think another week of rehab can put me in position where I can start gaining some confidence in it and doing things I normally do.”
Vick is taking the injury very cautiously, saying it can be re-aggravated quickly.
“Because mine is up so high, and the way I run, I’ve got to take precautions. I can’t overdo it. If I do, it can be another two to three weeks,” he explained.
Nick Foles started Sunday’s 31-20 victory in Tampa. Vick took limited practice reps last week. He was active for the game, but would have played only in an emergency situation.
“If I had to go in a game, I could sit in the pocket and throw the football,” Vick said. “That’s like playing seven-on-seven. But seven-on-seven is kind of unrealistic on Sundays. You’ve got people coming at you.”
Explaining the cause of the injury, Vick said he tried a different stretching regimen before the game against the New York Giants.
“And then I tried to overstride when I was running,” Vick said. “I tried to extend too much instead of leaning like I normally run. I understand what I did wrong, and hopefully it won’t happen again.”
Foles’ performance against Tampa Bay sparked another debate about which quarterback gives the Eagles the best chance to win. Another start against Dallas could help make coach Chip Kelly’s decision easier, either way.
“I let Coach Kelly make that determination,” Vick said. “I’m not going to focus on what should be. Right now, I’ve got to rehab. I’ve got to get back to 100 percent so I can help this team if I’m out there on the field. I’m not going to try to make that determination.”