Eagles coach Andy Reid and quarterback Michael Vick both said Friday there is no conspiracy regarding Vick's inability to get back on the football field.

 Reid denied a report earlier in the day by ESPN's Ed Werder that intimated Vick was starting to believe he was being kept out of the lineup because of "politics" instead of his slow recovery from a concussion suffered against Dallas on Nov. 11.

In the report, Werder revealed that Vick was so sure he was going to play in Sunday night's rematch against the Cowboys that he had consulted with Unequal Techologies - the company that designed his protective vest - about obtaining a padded skull cap he could wear under his helmet.

"There is nothing to that," Reid said Friday in quotes provided by the team. "That's not the way Michael feels and that's not the way we feel. I've talked to Michael and Michael is good. I don't know where things get started, but Michael is fine (with his status). He understands that everything is in the best interest of him right now and making sure that he's ready to go.

 "(Vick is) the ultimate competitor. There's absolutely no doubt that he wants to play and do those things. You have to go through the protocol. There’s no way around that. When you're talking about a guy that loves to play the game like he does, that's how it works. He still has to do everything that everybody else does and that's the way the league set it up and rightly so. That's the right thing to do. He loves to play the game."

Vick has been ruled out for Sunday night. Rookie Nick Foles will make his third straight start.

Vick, who has been unavailable to the media since getting hurt, also denied the ESPN report through a statement released by the team Friday afternoon.

"I want to thank my fans for the thousands of well wishes," he said in the statement. "I also appreciate the support of the entire Eagles organization. I feel strong and healthy. As a professional athlete, I want to play in every game but the NFL has a specific protocol to protect players. My focus is to complete this process successfully, so I can rejoin my team on the field."

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