Vick learns to duck


, Last Updated: 12:36 AM ET

Michael Vick may finally have learned the most important lesson for any NFL quarterback how to duck.

Play smarter. I definitely have to be smarter when running with the football, trying to get down, Vick said Monday in his first full practice since missing three games with a rib injury.

Vick is expected to be back under centre next Sunday when the Eagles play host to the Indianapolis Colts.

But smarter, Vick insists doesnt mean timid. I cant predetermine what Im going to do ... but I have to be conscious of whats going on out there and try and protect myself. Vick was injured on one of his daring dashes and took two hard hits, getting sandwiched between Kareem Moore and DeAngelo Hall.

Ill wear extra padding, he said. Im confident I can take a hit. I cant play the game worried about getting hit or not being able to play the way I like to play.