Quarterback Michael Vick used some old-school techniques this week to try to cure his fumbling problem.

Vick, who has lost five fumbles this season and has committed 11 turnovers, actually carried a football around the NovaCare Complex in hopes of cutting down on his mistakes.

"Yeah, I was doing that at the beginning of the week just to get a feel for the pigskin," Vick said Friday in quotes provided by the team. "Not to put too much emphasis on it, but to continuously remind myself that I need to take care of the football.

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"I took it to breakfast, to the meetings, lunch. Everyone thought it was funny, but I didn't. That's how much I care about this team and that's how much I care about our success and winning on Sundays. I'm going to do everything I can to make sure that I take care of my responsibilities."

That was just part of his preparation for Sunday's game against Detroit.

During practice this week, coach Andy Reid and offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg said they emphasized ball control with an eye toward avoiding the kind of mishaps that occurred last week. Vick lost two fumbles, including one near the goal-line, in a 16-14 loss at Pittsburgh.

"We made sure he makes a conscious effort of keeping (the football) high and tight," Reid said Friday in quotes provided by the team. "We want to make sure he covers it in traffic."

The traffic also included the locker room, meeting rooms and cafeteria at the practice facility. Teammates took the opportunity to try to slap the ball away from him.

Friendly wagers were apparently made on whether they could pry the football loose.

"They tried every time," Vick said. "The stakes got pretty high and I had to put (the football) down."



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