At some point Matt Ryan and Michael Vick are going to start against one another. But it didn’t happen last December — Ryan had turf toe and Vick was Donovan McNabb’s backup — and it might not happen Sunday.
Then again, it might.
Vick got hurt two Sundays ago against the Redskins. He didn’t play Sunday night against the 49ers. When his injury (rib cartilage) was diagnosed, it was pretty much assumed he’d miss two games. But the Eagles haven’t yet ruled him out for Sunday’s game against the Falcons, and he’s officially listed as “questionable.” In NFL parlance, “questionable” means “flip a coin.”
Did you see that? That was me flipping a figurative coin. And it came up …
Heads. Meaning, “He’s going to play.”
This is a guess, nothing more. Vick didn’t practice Wednesday. But he threw for the first time since getting dinged, reports Jeff McLane of the Philadelphia Inquirer, and McLane quoted Vick as saying he’s “got a shot’ at playing Sunday.
Eagles coach Andy Reid said Vick had “made big strides.” He also said: “If a guy can’t practice throughout the week, then I probably wouldn’t [start him].”
Note the key word? “Probably.”
It’s Thursday. Game’s Sunday at 1 p.m. I’m thinking Vick will be ready by then, if not before. I’m also thinking I hope he is. Because that’s a game I’d like to see.