Teammates say Vick looks ready

Updated: August 25, 2009, 7:37 AM ET
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PHILADELPHIA -- Michael Vick jogged off the field after another long practice and headed straight for the air-conditioned comfort indoors.

All that extra work could be paying off. Vick's teammates said the quarterback looks ready to play when the Philadelphia Eagles host Jacksonville on Thursday.

"I'm not a quarterback or a quarterback coach so I wouldn't know exactly, but as a defensive guy watching I can tell you that he's ready," safety Quintin Mikell said Monday.

Coach Andy Reid is expected to say Tuesday whether Vick will make his Eagles debut in an exhibition home game against the Jaguars.

Vick is eligible to play the next two preseason games, but not in the regular season. NFL commissioner Roger Goodell said he would consider Vick for full reinstatement by no later than Week 6 (Oct. 18-19).

"He's ready for another chance," offensive lineman Shawn Andrews said.

ESPN's Sal Paolantonio reported Sunday that Vick will appear in bankruptcy court in Newport News, Va., on Thursday to testify at the confirmation hearing for his Chapter 11 reorganization plan. He will then fly back to Philadelphia to be eligible to play against the Jags, a source close to Vick told Paolantonio.

The bankruptcy hearing is scheduled to begin at 9:30 a.m. Thursday and last until the early afternoon. Vick must appear until the hearing is over that day, a source said.

The Eagles are aware of Vick's court date and his unusual game-day travel plans.

"It will not affect his game status," a team spokesman said.

Since Vick's first day with the Eagles, he has stayed after practice to work with offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg and assistant coaches. He was joined Monday for 20 minutes by Donovan McNabb and the other three QBs on the roster.

The Eagles have kept practices open, but are not allowing the media to report on specifics, a standard policy around the NFL.

But while the Eagles prefer to keep their intentions to themselves, it's clear Vick wasn't brought to Philadelphia to be a backup and that he figures into the team's plans. Vick's skills are perfectly suited to run a wildcat formation, and he's familiar with Philadelphia's version of the West Coast offense.

"I think he's had about three coordinators who have all been similar in their style," McNabb said. "There is nothing for me to tell him. He's obviously watched throughout my career and he's run the offense himself. He'll get a chance to kind of see it in action, move around in it, try to run it and try to execute the plays."

Sal Paolantonio covers the NFL for ESPN. Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.

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