PHILADELPHIA - Eagles quarterback Michael Vick showed up for training camp in tremendous shape.

He said after Tuesday's workout that he has added four pounds of muscle in hopes of avoiding the injuries that have hampered him in the past.

"I've been doing some curls and bench presses to help get my body in the best possible shape to withstand the hits," Vick said. "I love the game of football and you have to stay on the field to play it."

Not everyone took the same approach in the offseason, however.

Running back Matthew Tucker and punter Brad Wing were placed on the non-football injury list and were forced to sit out practice Tuesday after failing the Eagles' conditioning test on Monday.

"If you can't pass the conditioning test, how are you going to make it through one of our practices?" Eagles coach Chip Kelly said. "They'll have another chance to take it on Thursday when the veterans arrive."

Kelly explained the test consists of a series of sprints with rest periods in between. The length of the sprints and recovery time vary by position. Wing, a rookie free agent from LSU, took the same test as the rest of the special teams members like place-kicker Alex Henery and long snapper Jon Dorenbos.

"We're talking the minimum standard here," Kelly said. "It's not like we're trying to qualify for the Olympics."


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