He made sure to leave the door open to Michael Vick starting on Sunday against the Falcons.
Kevin Kolb took all the the snaps at practice yesterday as Vick stood on the side and watched, but the former Falcon might be able to play on Sunday when game time gets here. Vick is feeling better and even told Philly.com that he threw some passes for the first time since the injury, yesterday.
Reid concurred about Vick’s progress.
“He had swelling on the right side, more so than the left where the actual crack was”, Vick said. “That swelling has gone down. Right now I can’t tell you that he’s pain free and I’m not going to tell you that; he still has pain. He started lifting light weight. He hasn’t thrown, but he’s made big jumps, big strides over the few days.”
Vick told Philly.com that he can play without practicing.
Seriously, its’ good to see Vick is improving but I don’t think he will play. I think there are a number of reasons why Reid is making sure everybody knows the door is still open to Vick playing.
The first reason is quite simple, he could probably play on Sunday if he had to. Once he can throw the football without pain, he could play. I don’t think it would make sense for him to play, but he could definitely play.
Secondly, I think Reid wants to force the Falcons to have to prepare for both Kolb and Vick. I don’t think he wants to be forced to play Vick before he gets some practice time, but he doesn’t want to say that and make Atlanta’s preparation easier.
He wants them to burn up practice time figuring out how they would defend Vick in case he plays.
Finally, I think Reid wants to have Vick available as his second quarterback if Kolb were to go down. The Birds need this football game, so they don’t want to hand the ball to rookie Mike Kafka if Kolb were to get injured.
It wouldn’t make sense for Reid to play Vick unless he were forced to. He could get hit or be re-injured then miss more games or the rest of the season. I doubt Vick plays on Sunday, but it seems likely that he will be ready to go next week against the Titans.