We love to document Marty Mornhinweg's liberal use of adjectives during his press conferences. Usually, things are "excellent" or "fantastic." When asked about Michael Vick's state or readiness after seeing him at Eagles Flight Night yesterday evening, Marty was feeling musical.
"I think he's real close to 100 percent. I thought he threw the ball last night just beautifully; threw it strong and aggressively. So, I think he's ready to rock and roll."
In fact, Marty said that if this was the regular season, he wouldn't even have missed the rest of the Patriots game.
"I think in that ballgame that he got hurt, I think he would have played in the game if it was a regular season game. I don't know that for sure, but that was just my thought at the time."
Andy Reid said that Vick wanted back in that game and given that the x-rays came back negative at halftime, it is a pretty safe bet that he would have returned if the game mattered.
Speaking to Comcast Sportsnet last night, Michael Vick said he was happy to back.
"It felt good to be back out there with the guys," he said. "Just a chance to get back into a rhythm, throw the football around, have some fun playing the game I love. I miss it, even being out a week."
Vick says the injuries he's suffered so far this preseason have been minor.
"You know, even though I've had these injuries, and they've been minor, I'll still go out and play the game and play it effectively without worrying about getting hit," he said. "Obviously, sometimes in the preseason you can tend to worry about that and your mind will get off that direction of trying to protect yourself. At the end of the day you've got to forget about it, go out there and play football, and that's the only way you play and not get hurt."
"I don't think I'm injury prone at all. It's not something I'm going to worry about. I'm going out and play."
Both and Vick and Marty have a point about the injuries. They weren't serious and wouldn't have knocked him out of a game that mattered. They can certainly be seen as cautionary tales and perhaps Vick did just get lucky, but the stories of Vick being "knocked out" of these games or "unable to participate" are a bit overblown in preseason.
When asked whether he thought he'd be ready for the regular season, Vick left no doubt.
"Absolutely, ready for the regular season."