With their loss last night, the Eagles locked themselves into the #3 seed in the NFC, so this Sunday's game against the Cowboys literally has no bearing on their playoff positioning. With the Eagles being scheduled for three games in 12 days, the last of which is the first round of the playoffs there was always a pretty good chance Michael Vick could get the week off. However, as Andy Reid said today it might not have mattered whether Sunday's game meant anything.
"I'm not even sure he could get back from what he has now, the quad [contusion]," Reid said. "It was painful yesterday and it as painful today. If he had to play today, he couldn't. It's tight, it's sore. He'll be all right down the road.
Vick appeared to be injured on the first play of the game and was noticeably limping all night. That certainly could help explain his uncharacteristically erratic play. Reid also said that DeSean Jackson had a foot injury that was bothering him. You could see last night that while he didn't appear to be slowed down, he was not appearing to run very crisp routes.
Reid said he hasn't decided whether he'll rest starters against the Cowboys, but it certainly seemed like he softened his stance from last night where he said the team hadn't played well enough to get a rest. Andy's track record is that he always rests his starters if given the chance. Clearly there are guys on this team who could use a week off.
"As far as how we play the guys, I haven't finalized that, what I'm going to do there. I'm looking at it now. I wanted to make sure we took care of this game and got it past us. You got to look at what's at stake if you play them, injury-wise. Some guys need the play-time, some guys need the rest-time. I got to look at that. You still want to win the game. I still haven't gotten that far. I will, right after this meeting."