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PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Michael Vick says he won’t complain about not getting calls anymore.

The star quarterback blasted officials after injuring his right hand in Philadelphia’s 29-16 loss to the New York Giants on Sunday, saying he takes too many late hits without getting the benefit of roughing-the-passer penalties.

“The refs have to do their jobs and they have tons of things to look over,” Vick said Monday. “I was kind of out of character and being too candid in that aspect. Ultimately, I have respect for the referees and their decision to make calls. You won’t hear me complaining about it no more.”

Vick bruised his right hand – the team initially said it was broken – after taking a hard shot from Chris Canty in the third quarter. His status for next Sunday’s game against San Francisco is uncertain.

“At some point something catastrophic is going to happen,” Vick said after the game. “Not to blame the refs or say that it was their fault, it’s just one of those unfortunate situations and I just think more precautions should be taken when I’m inside the pocket. If you look at all the replays, I’m on the ground every time and it’s unfortunate for myself and it’s unfortunate for my team and I’ll be lying if I said I wasn’t, if I were to sit here and say I wasn’t frustrated right now because of that.”

Canty defended the play. Replays showed his helmet hit Vick’s facemask, though an official who helped Vick get up seemed to indicate that Canty hit him with his shoulder.

“Obviously he has been a little banged up, and I can understand how he feels, but again it is his opinion,” Canty said. “Obviously, you want to play within the rules of the game. We’re not trying to play dirty or anything like that. I tried to make a concentrated effort to hit him legally. He’s a short guy and I’m not, so it’s tough to get down there. We play hard and compete hard. It’s unfortunate he got banged up. It is what it is.”

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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One Comment

  1. Heather Anderson says:

    Yeah… Vick has done nothing….

    Last season Vick was 8-3 if you want to include the incomplete first game against the Redskins when he left early. Other than that he came out on top 8 out of 10 decisions with the exception of the Minnesota game (too many freak turnovers) and Chicago game (Which the defense made Jay Cutler look like a hall famer). And then there’s his rushing yards….. but that’s nothing ; )

  2. Heather Anderson says:

    Eli Manning is a mediocre quarterback who happened to be part of a Super Bowl winning team. He was no more worth his 100 mill than Vick is. Vick carries his mediocre team to victories… whereas the Giants carry their mediocre quarterback to victories. He doesn’t “suck,” but he defnitely “chokes.” **Snicker snicker.**

  3. Season ticket holder says:

    Regardless of the media and Eagles’ staff hyping how great Vick is, Vick hasn’t done anything. Well the idiots gave him a 6 year, $100m contract. First he bumps his helmet against his own lineman and he has a concussion ! ? Then he says he broke his hand and now its a bad bruise. Now he whines about refs becasue his line can’t block and the defense does theri job ?! You can’t stand back there all day and not expect to get hit. He’s a petulant lil thug who got caught and can only cry, cry , cry now. We need a real QB.A leader. Not a prima donna sissy. Perhaps a great athlete but a clueless football player

  4. Donna Marie Lauria says:

    To Bob: Eli is horrible? He WON. IDIOT. The guy has a Super Bowl ring. Remember? They beat the same team that the Eagles fell to by 3 points. SHUT THE HELL UP. YOU HAVE NO IDEA WHAT YOU’RE TALKING ABOUT.

    Now: I read the story on Fox29 where the sports writer commentated that the loss to the Patriots was “heartbreaking”. No it wasn’t. It was PATHETIC. That’s what it was.

    ANDY REID IS A DISASTER. Jeffrey Lurie needs to stop being so f________ CHEAP and hire a solid good coach (who already has head coach experience, not assistant head coach like Reid) who is going to get this team into the playoffs. As of right now, this team is still the same team as last year. I don’t care how many new faces are showing – they cannot get it done. Vick is not a pocket quarterback. In order to have a quarterback stay in the pocket and be successful you need a A STRONG TEAM around you. Forget about it with the Eagles.

  5. Bizmax says:

    Vick is a marked man because no defensive players wants to be embarrassed. I think that to be 1-2 is a great place to be because of the “Dream Team” comment made by Young. Now the team can play ball the right way and that is as a determined bunch. I think it is good Vick is not lighting it up, that the DBs look bad because we know who they are…STUDs and can play better.

    My concern is with the D Coordinator, LBs, safety, and O line….They are not proven and we don’t know if they can get it done.

  6. Pat says:

    Diid the dogs hold a press conference and complain when you threw them to the ground

  7. theresa says:

    I wish Michael Vick all the harm and pain he inflicted on those poor animals.

    1. Dog lover says:

      That makes two of us. I wish a lot more than his hand were broken.

      1. angelz says:

        He paid for his crime. Give it a rest!

      2. Dee says:

        Surprised your “name” is angelz. Those animals suffered unmercifully at the hands of that monster. We aren’t talking about a traffic violation. Taking of lives in a cruel way. Glad to know he will meet with the ultimate judge one day

  8. bob says:

    They both suck. Eli is horrible.

    1. sammysamples says:

      Both teams sucked. I thought something was wrong with my TV. Everyone looked like they were moving in slow motion.

  9. Donna Marie Lauria says:

    Michael Vick needs to nurse his injuries and get healthy. Playing him next week would be a huge mistake. The downside to that decision is that both back-up quarterbacks are useless.

    Yesterday’s defeat against the NY Giants was a massacre. One which made me VERY VERY HAPPY since I am a NEW YORK GIANTS fan. And unlike Eagles fans everywhere, I tell it like it is. Eli Manning played much better than Vick but if Vick had been completely 100% that would have been questionable. The late hit on Vick in the 1st quarter was horrible and should not have gone unpunished. Time management by your idiot coach again did you in. NO TIME OUT’S LEFT DEEP IN THE 4TH QUARTER. HAHAHAHAHA.

    Vick spending time getting the know the field at the Linc yesterday was due to your offensive line doing a 150% collapse – it wasn’t the referees. And Eli Manning may not be a great quarterback, but he never gives up and doesn’t collapse under pressure.

    The Eagles are in the basement in our division, which is where I hope they stay.


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