Vick says he needs another week of rehab

Updated: October 15, 2013, 3:05 PM ET

Phil Sheridan |

PHILADELPHIA — Eagles quarterback Michael Vick described his hamstring injury as a “bad pull” Tuesday and said he was only at “60, 65 percent” last week.

He would not put a percentage on where he is now. He did not go as far as saying he can’t play Sunday against the Dallas Cowboys, but he sounded like a man resigned to missing his second consecutive start.

“I feel it getting better,” Vick said. “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. … 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.”

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. So being an emergency guy, that’s just what I’m going to be, if that’s the case.”

Vick said he tried a different stretching regimen before the game against the Giants in which he suffered his injury.

“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. That’s why it’s been so tough. I think I’ve had only two hamstring injuries, and hamstrings are prevalent for fast guys. I’ve never really had any.”

And with his legs being such a major aspect of his game, Vick said he must be especially “meticulous” in getting back to full strength.

“It’s a big part of what I do,” Vick said. “I’m different. I see things differently, I feel things differently. That’s part of my game. I think that’s why I’ve had the success I’ve had. I won’t try to change.”

Foles’ performance against Tampa Bay started a public 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. Right now I can’t even think that far.”

Foles said Tuesday he’s “going into this week like I always do.”

“I work every day like I’m the starter. The mentality … nothing changes,” he said, adding that he feels good about his performance against the Buccaneers but he still has things to work on. 

“I can play so much better,” he said.

  • Spent past decade as sports columnist
    at Philadelphia Inquirer
  • Philadelphia native has covered Eagles
    in various roles since 1985

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