After spending 18 months in federal prison and sitting out the first two games as the final league penalty for his role in a dogfighting ring, Michael Vick is eligible to play his first regular-season game in 33 months when the Philadelphia Eagles play host to the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday.
The three-time Pro Bowl quarterback was so excited Wednesday he ran full speed in the morning walkthrough.
“I’ve been watching football from afar the last two years and this is a dream come true to me,” Vick said.
His role is uncertain because the Eagles have a complicated situation at quarterback. Donovan McNabb did not practice because of a broken rib.
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Kevin Kolb would make his second consecutive start if McNabb can’t play.
Coach Andy Reid wasn’t sure whether Vick or Jeff Garcia would be the backup quarterback. Reid wouldn’t even say that Vick is definitely playing against Kansas City. Vick said he will be in uniform, so that means he’ll at least serve as the No. 3 QB.
“One thing we do know is I’m going to be dressed up, so that’s a great opportunity,” Vick said. “This is Andy’s team. He’s a smart guy. He knows what to do and when he comes up with the game plan. If it doesn’t include me, I’m cool. But, I will make sure that mentally I’m aware of what’s going on and I’m ready in case something happens.”
Hardwick has surgery
Chargers center Nick Hardwick had surgery on his left ankle and the team said he’s expected to miss the next eight weeks.
The Chargers declined to offer specifics of the surgery. The six-year veteran, a Pro Bowl player in 2006, was hurt in the season opener at Oakland on Sept. 14, sustaining what the team said was a sprained ankle.
Vikings star running back Adrian Peterson was limited in practice with a back injury. … Giants defensive end Justin Tuck, who has a partially torn labrum in his left shoulder, is day-to-day. … Cardinals star receiver Larry Fitzgerald says he had nothing to do with brother Marcus’ remark on Twitter critical of quarterback Kurt Warner after Arizona’s 31-17 win at Jacksonville. … Cowboys left tackle Flozell Adams has been fined $12,500 by the NFL for kicking two Giants. … Cowboys running back Marion Barber said “I’m feeling good” and his injured left thigh has improved. … Chester Pitts, a left guard who has started every game in Houston’s history, will miss the rest of the season after surgery on his right knee. … Browns running back Jamal Lewis did not practice because of a hamstring injury, leaving his status for Sunday’s game at Baltimore in question. … Former Titans wide receiver David Givens claims the team failed to tell him about a defect in his knee that led to an injury and eventually ended his career. Givens claims in a lawsuit filed Tuesday that a doctor discovered a defect in his knee during a physical around the time his contract was being negotiated in March 2006. … The NFL has fined Tennessee defensive tackle Jason Jones $5,000 for unnecessarily going into a scrum during the loss to the Texans. … Patriots quarterback Tom Brady declined to comment about a lawsuit against him and his supermodel wife. Two photographers sued Brady and Gisele Bundchen for $1 million, saying they were shot at during a party in Costa Rica. … Packers linebacker Nick Barnett backpedaled after he said on his Twitter account that he didn’t agree with coaches’ strategy of rotating him with other linebackers during the loss to Cincinnati.