*Philadelphia Eagles QB Michael Vick is getting married.
The NFL star set the date with his longtime fiancée Kijafa Frink for June 30 at the Fontainebleau Miami Beach.
Wedding invitation went out this month for 300 people. The guest list includes Vick’s mentor and form Colt’s coach, Tony Dungy, Eagles coach Andy Reid, Vick’s NFL agent Joel Segal, Eagles running back LeSean McCoy and other teammates.
Brett who? Meet the future: Minnesota Vikings rookie QB Joe West
*Considering everything else the Minnesota Vikings have endured this season, it was silly to think two extra days sitting around a hotel room would bring ‘em down.
No way a determined rookie quarterback named Joe Webb was going to let that happen.
Webb threw for 195 yards and ran for a touchdown in his first career start filling in for an injured Brett Favre, and the lowly Vikings stunned Michael Vick and the NFC East champion Philadelphia Eagles 24-14 in the NFL’s first Tuesday game since 1946.
“It was a big win, especially with what we have gone through,” Webb said. “It was a long trip for us and to get a win against the Eagles, we are trying to finish the season on a high note.”
Adrian Peterson ran for 118 yards and a score, helping the 14-point underdogs knock Philadelphia out of contention for a first-round playoff bye.
The Eagles (10-5) could’ve secured a first-round bye with a victory over the Vikings (6-9) and Dallas and with a loss by either Chicago or Atlanta next week.
“We don’t deserve it after that performance,” Eagles coach Andy Reid said. “Every phase was terrible. We didn’t coach well enough. We didn’t play well enough. I’m disappointed in myself. It’s embarrassing.”
Washington Redskins quarterback Donovan McNabb (R) is hugged by Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Michael Vick before the start of their NFL football game in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, October 3, 2010.
*Donovan McNabb drew a standing ovation from the fans of his former team when he was introduced Sunday before the Washington Redskins’ game at Lincoln Financial Field.
But when he trotted to the field to begin his first offensive series in the stadium as a Redskin, the cheers turned to boos, as expected, and continued en route to the Skins’ 17-12 victory. [Watch both clips below.]
In the locker room, McNabb received the game ball and told teammates, “This right here defines team. And this is something we can feed off of going into the rest of the season. We are No. 1 in the NFC East, and we’re going to stay up there.
“Everybody makes mistakes in their lifetime, and they made one last year. So, thank you.”
McNabb waves to fans before the start of the game
Ironically, McNabb’s numbers on Sunday were a career-low eight completions for 125 yards. But he clinched the win with an 18-yard scramble for a first down in the final minutes.
“He’ll probably never say it, but, you know, you feel some type of personal vendetta and you want to come out and make a statement and win the game,” Eagles cornerback Ellis Hobbs said, “and that’s what he did.”
When McNabb came out as the final Redskin introduced before the game, nearly everyone in the stadium — many wearing No. 5 Eagles jerseys — stood in tribute to the quarterback who led the Eagles to five NFC title games before being traded in April.
“You realize you spent 11 years here and I knew it was coming,” McNabb said of the greeting, which he said made him happy.
“I didn’t expect them to cheer the whole game, that wouldn’t be right. I put on the uniform and I knew I was an opponent today.”
McNabb raised his right arm to salute the folks in the stands and, soon after, embraced his successor, Michael Vick, near the 40-yard line. McNabb supported the Eagles’ signing of Vick as his backup a year ago.
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In the game’s other storyline, Eagles quarterback Michael Vick left the game with an injury during the first half. Vick was on a 23-yard scramble toward the end zone when he was sandwiched by Redskins cornerback DeAngelo Hall and free safety Kareem Moore.
The Eagles were mum on the exact nature or severity of his injury and Vick declined to comment. He is scheduled to undergo an MRI today. [Watch report on Vick's injury below.]
“He’s got a sore chest is what I can tell you right now,” coach Andy Reid said.
Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Michael Vick lies on the field after getting hurt during the first half
According to ESPN, Vick was “grimacing as he gingerly put on a button-down over his white T-shirt. He walked slowly around the locker room and shook his head no toward reporters.”
His status for next week’s game at San Francisco was not immediately known.
Vick was starting his first home game of the season on Sunday. He was replaced by Kevin Kolb, who suffered a concussion in the season opener that allowed Vick to take the job.
*By now you know that Michael Vick will be the starting quarterback for the Philadelphia Eagles this Sunday against Jacksonville.
“I was surprised,” Vick said. “But at the same time, I’m grateful for the opportunity and very humbled by the opportunity.”
The decision to start Vick over Kevin Kolb by head coach coach Andy Reid, after he had originally stated that Kolb would be the starter, is causing some to question whether Reid was honest with the media and Kolb to begin with.
“If I’m the bad guy, I’m OK with that,” Reid said. “I think it’s important the players know I’m going to do what I think is right for them. How I’m perceived outside of them, that’s not my concern.”
Kevin Kolb, the now benched QB, says Reid has been straight with him.
“I want to be out there, but Andy always does what he feels is best for the team and so far to this point he’s done what’s best for my career, and I trust him,” Kolb said. “I still have faith it’ll work out here.”
Reid flatly denied suggestions by conspiracy theorists that someone higher up in the organization told him to start Vick.
“There was nobody that influenced this call,” Reid said. “I made the decision, and then I clued in the other people involved with it.”
With Vick leading the way, the Eagles have scored 62 points in six quarters. Kolb and the rest of the offense were awful in the first half of a 27-20 loss to Green Bay in Week 1. Vick came in after Kolb got hurt, threw for 175 yards and one touchdown and ran for 103 yards, nearly rallying the Eagles from a 17-point deficit.
Then Vick was spectacular in a 35-32 win at Detroit. He had 284 yards passing and two TDs, ran for 37 yards and had to escape a relentless blitz throughout the game.
Though Reid denied it, Vick’s remarkable ability to escape pressure could be a factor in this switch because Philadelphia’s offensive line is struggling. Kolb is less mobile and putting him behind a poor line right now could be dangerous since he’s already sustained one concussion.
In just two days, Kolb went from starter to someone who could be on the trading block. There were reports that Cleveland already inquired about Kolb, and Reid wouldn’t commit to him being in Philly beyond the Oct. 19 trade deadline.
Michael Vick starts in place of Kevin Kolb on Sunday
*It’s official. Michael Vick will start at quarterback for the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday against the Detroit Lions.
It will be the first time he’s been under center at the start of a game since his time with the Atlanta Falcons — long before the world learned about his cruel world of dogfighting.
Eagles coach Andy Reid confirmed it Friday when he ruled quarterback Kevin Kolb out for Sunday’s game with the concussion he suffered in their season-opening loss to the Green Bay Packers. Middle linebacker Stewart Bradley was also ruled out with a concussion.
“Michael is excited to step up and play,” said Reid
Vick missed the entire 2007 and 2008 season after he went to prison for his involvement in a dog-fighting ring.
The Eagles signed him last year and he played in 12 games for the team, mostly as an option in the wildcat formation.
*The Philadelphia Eagles have issued a statement denying an AP report Saturday that suggested Michael Vick’s off-field situation could lead to him being cut from the team.
“Any report or speculation that suggests the Eagles are considering releasing Vick are not true,” the release stated. “We will continue to gather information and monitor the situation and we will not have any further comment until that process is complete.”
The quarterback has been in the headlines since a shooting occurred at his birthday party in the early hours of June 25. Vick has denied having any role in the shooting, the victim of which the AP reported was his former 2007 codefendant Quanis Phillips, who was convicted of a dogfighting crime with Vick.
Eagles coach Andy Reid on Friday told the Philadelphia Inquirer he has been in contact with Vick but that “nothing has been decided” on his future in Philadelphia.
NFL commissioner Roger Goodell has said the league is investigating if Vick broke the terms of his reinstatement. Tony Dungy, who mentored Vick during his return to the NFL in 2009, said Vick is only guilty of “bad judgment.”
*It could be argued that two earthquakes took place yesterday evening – one along the California/Mexico border, the other in the NFC East.
After weeks of speculation as to where Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Donovan McNabb would be traded, news broke Sunday night that the veteran QB is headed to the Washington Redskins for a pair of draft picks.
According to reports, the Eagles will receive a second-round pick (37th overall) in this month’s NFL draft and either a third- or fourth-round pick next year.
“I’m really excited about my future with the Washington Redskins,” McNabb said in a statement Sunday night. “I’m eager to work with Coach [Mike] Shanahan. He’s been a very successful coach with a couple of Super Bowl victories on his resume. While it has been my goal to win a Super Bowl in Philadelphia, we came up short. I enjoyed my 11 years, and know we shared a lot more good times than bad.”
Former Redskins and Eagles player Brian Mitchell of Comcast SportsNet says he spoke with McNabb on the phone, and his former teammate seemed energetic about his new destination.
“In his voice I heard a lot of enthusiasm,” Mitchell reported on Comcast SportsNet. “And you know, he may not be exactly like me, but I could hear he had a little revenge in that voice, too. And he wants to go to the Eagles and show them that they made a mistake.”
League sources told Schefter that McNabb wanted to play for the Redskins and not the Raiders or the Bills, which is why the trade happened.
“Donovan McNabb was more than a franchise quarterback for this team,” Eagles chairman Jeffrey Lurie said. “He truly embodied all of the attributes of a great quarterback and of a great person. He has been an excellent representative of this organization and the entire National Football League both on and off the field. I look forward to honoring him as one of the greatest Eagles of all-time and hopefully see him enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton one day.”