Vick: 'There's no reason I won't play'

Although he's still listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Giants, Eagles quarterback...

Although he's still listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Giants, Eagles quarterback Michael Vick says he is ready to go. (Reuters)

RYAN WOLSTAT, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 8:59 PM ET

TORONTO - The Philadelphia Eagles officially list Michael Vick as questionable for Sunday.

But the star quarterback doesn’t appear to think it’s a question whether he’ll be able to play against the New York Giants this weekend.

“There’s no reason to think that I won’t play on Sunday,” Vick said Friday.

“After having two good practices, basically I’ll be able to go out there, and I’m very excited about the opportunity.”

The Eagles have announced that Vick has passed all post-concussion tests.

Vick suffered a concussion against Atlanta last week when he was whipped around into a teammate on a freak play, but it was not believed to be a severe one.

Vick seemed pretty clear-headed when he pointed up at the scoreboard as he exited that game with the Eagles ahead. The team eventually blew the lead with Mike Kafka at the controls.

“I feel good. I feel great and ready to play, nothing feels different ... I feel like I’ve worked myself back into good condition,” Vick said.

Philadelphia’s training staff had indicated that Vick should play, unless post-concussion symptoms arise and head coach Andy Reid echoed those sentiments.

“If he’s OK on game day, then he plays on game day,” Reid said.

NO MANGOLD

The New York Jets will be missing an important player in Oakland this weekend.

All-pro centre Nick Mangold did not travel with the team to California because his sprained right ankle has not healed sufficiently.

Mangold’s impressive 82-game streak of starts will end and he isn’t happy about it.

“Probably the smart thing,” Mangold said.

“Not the fun thing, but probably the smart thing.”

Rookie Colin Baxter is expected to replace Mangold, who could be back next week.

In the meantime, Mangold has been providing advice from the sideline.

“This one is going to be a huge challenge for him, but I think he is going to be up to it,” Jets head coach Rex Ryan said of Baxter.

GIANTS STILL BACKING FEWELL

More New York Giants stepped up in support of defensive coordinator Perry Fewell on Friday.

Ex-Giant Bryan Kehl had said earlier in the week that Fewell instructs his players to fake injuries – the way two Giants appeared to last week

“It’s a bunch of bull, man,” Giants linebacker Michael Boley told the New York Post.

“Bunch of smoke, man ... There’s no point in trying to bad-mouth another team just because they let you go.”

One of the alleged fakers, Deon Grant, said he didn’t fake an injury at the request of Fewell.

“As far as Perry Fewell coaching that, I never heard a coach on this team ever say anything about that,” Grant said.

QUICK HITS

The Giants have placed Domenik Hixon on injured reserve and signed Michael Clayton. Hixon will be out for the rest of the season ... Redskins safety LaRon Landry said his sore hamstring is at about 70, or 80% ahead of Monday’s game against Dallas. He hopes to play for the first time since last November ... Buffalo wide receiver Stevie Johnson is expected to play against New England, despite a sore groin. He practiced the past two days ... Minnesota’s Percy Harvin was back at practice on Friday and is probable for Sunday’s game against Detroit. Harvin said his absence on Thursday was not related to the migraine issues that have plagued him for years ... Vikings cornerback Chris Cook is listed as questionable, a problem since his coach has said Cook will be needed to try to keep Lions receiver Calvin Johnson in check. According to profootballtalk.com, the Vikings are underdogs at home to the Lions for the first time since 1981 ... Patriots defensive end Andre Carter is the latest player to be fined $15,000 U.S. for hitting a quarterback in illegal fashion. Carter’s hit to San Diego’s Philip Rivers was penalized because he led with his helmet ... Detroit defensive tackle Nick Fairley practiced for the first time since the start of training camp. When the first round pick will be able to suit up remains unclear though ... The Chargers have had their blackout against Kansas City lifted ... Cam Newton’s strong start has sparked interest in North Carolina. The Panthers have also avoided a blackout for Sunday’s game against Jacksonville ... Ex-NFLer Boomer Esiason — like this corner did earlier this week — has ripped the Dallas medical staff for allowing Tony Romo to return to action last Sunday, despite rib and lung injuries. “What the hell are the Cowboys’ doctors doing? Are you allowed to play with a punctured lung, a collapsed lung, broken ribs? Is that what the NFL is now? Or do we actually care about the players? Or is it all just lip service,” Esiason said in USA Today. “I think Roger Goodell has got to look at that particular situation very seriously.”


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