PHILADELPHIA — Eagles quarterback Michael Vick wasn’t too thrilled with wearing a warmup suit instead of a uniform last Sunday.
Even after getting medically cleared to return to action after suffering a concussion on Nov. 11, Vick was deactivated as the third-string quarterback and thus was forced to watch the Eagles’ 27-20 loss to Washington on the sideline.
As if being demoted wasn’t demoralizing enough, coach Andy Reid revealed Wednesday that Vick endured some “razzing” from his teammates last week.
Vick will get a chance to wear his shoulder pads and helmet Sunday. Reid confirmed that Vick will be the starting quarterback in the regular-season finale against the New York Giants. Rookie Nick Foles, who had started the last six games, was placed on injured reserve after suffering a broken right hand against the Redskins.
“(Being deactivated) was difficult,” Vick said Wednesday. “You want to get out there. You want to play. You want to get that feeling back of what it’s like to be behind the center, to be in control. As a quarterback, I love being in control and I really missed it. I’m going to have an opportunity to go out this week and play and I’m excited about it.”
Before he was injured, Vick was struggling.
The 32-year-old completed 185-of-316 passes (58.5 percent) for 2,165 yards with 11 touchdown passes against nine interceptions and five lost fumbles while compiling a 79.2 efficiency rating. The Eagles were 3-6 in his nine games as a starter.
Foles, 23, was also inconsistent. He completed 129-of-217 passes (59.4 percent) for 1,356 yards with five touchdown passes against four interceptions and three fumbles. He earned a 77.6 rating and won just one of six starts.
“There were some good things, some bad things and some things that I need to work on,” Foles said Wednesday. “It was very valuable to get that experience, to get out there and play at the highest level. But I didn’t do my job. As the starting quarterback, you have to put more points on the board at whatever cost to win the game and I didn’t do that.
“That’s something I’ve got to keep working on. I just want to keep working and keep improving. If I keep doing that, keep driving, then good things will happen.”
Vick will be playing at MetLife Stadium for the first time since the 2010 season. He missed last season’s game with broken ribs while backup Vince Young led a fourth-quarter rally that produced a 17-10 victory over the Giants. In Vick’s last appearance there, the Eagles scored 28 points in the fourth quarter, including DeSean Jackson’s 65-yard punt return for a touchdown on the game’s final play, to earn a 38-31 win.
The Eagles haven’t had much success in any stadium since that game. They are 12-22 in that span, including a 4-11 record this season. The Eagles will be missing the playoffs for the second straight year and Reid is expected to be fired.
Sunday could be the last game of Reid’s 14-year tenure with the team.
“I haven’t gone there,” Reid said Wednesday. “I haven’t gone there and I’m not going to go there. I’m going to get through this game and make sure my football team’s ready to go. You just don’t think of those things. You mind never goes there. You really don’t look into the future and you don’t look back.”
Vick’s future with the Eagles also is in doubt.
He is scheduled to make $15.5 million in 2013 as part of the six-year, $100 million contract he signed with the Eagles before last season. The Eagles can cut him immediately after the season and not owe him any compensation. If they wait until after Feb. 6, the day of the Super Bowl, Vick will receive $3 million.
Depending on who the head coach is next season, the Eagles may entertain bringing Vick back at a reduced salary. Or Sunday’s game may be his last one with the franchise that resurrected his NFL career in 2009.
“I don’t think about it,” Vick said. “The only thing I think about is going out there and trying to be productive for this football team, enjoy this last game (of the season) with my teammates, and make the most of it. I’m not putting pressure on myself to go out and try to put on a great performance in the sense of an audition. It’s about just going out and doing what you love to do. There’s already enough pressure on you in this league. But I’m truly confident in my ability to play the game of football. I know what I can do.”
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