PHILADELPHIA — Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Michael Vick told reporters Wednesday that the chances of him playing Sunday against the San Francisco 49ers were “100 percent.”
Vick took part in a walk-through Wednesday and his injured right (non-throwing) hand was good enough that he took snaps from center.
“It’s a little sore,” Vick told reporters, according to the Philadelphia Inquirer. “I gotta do what I gotta do right now, and that’s try to get back on the field just as fast as I can.”
Later Wednesday, Vick was a full participant at the Eagles’ practice.
Although Vick’s hand, which has a deep bone bruise, was “pretty painful” during the walk-through, according to the newspaper he said, “I think there’s a 100 percent chance I’ll be out on the field this weekend.”
Vick said, “Even if it was broke, I think I would have probably padded it up and went back out there.
Vick hasn’t finished two of Philadelphia’s three games — both losses. He suffered a concussion in a 35-31 loss at Atlanta on Sept. 18.
“I just want to be there for my teammates and hold myself accountable for my responsibilities and what I have to do as a quarterback,” he said. “So regardless of what I have to go through, I just want to be there.”
Reid, earlier Wednesday, said Vick’s injury looked better.
“I can’t tell you the hand was 100 percent,” Reid said in a conference call. “It was good enough to take a snap. It improved quite a little bit from yesterday to today. I expect it to continue to improve.”
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Although Vick is confident he’s playing Sunday, the quarterback’s ability to squeeze the ball and further risk of injury will help to determine if he plays Sunday, Reid said.
“If he can’t squeeze the ball 100 percent or is in jeopardy of being injured further, we’re not going to put him in there,” he said.
While Vick says he will start Sunday, rookie linebacker Casey Matthews won’t be a starter on the defensive side. Philadelphia on Wednesday benched the much-maligned Matthews, who will be replaced by rookie Brian Rolle.
Information from ESPN.com’s Mike Sando, ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter and The Associated Press was used in this report.
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