Vick practices with Eagles

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PHILADELPGIA - Wearing a No. 7 red quarterback's jersey, Michael Vick completed his first pass, shared a laugh with Donovan McNabb and got a handshake from the offensive coordinator.

Back on an NFL practice field for the first time since completing his prison sentence, Vick took part in limited drills with the Philadelphia Eagles today.

He was the fourth quarterback to line up under center in the early portion of the practice. Vick took only one snap and tossed a short pass over the middle against no defense. He playfully pumped his fist before McNabb, who lobbied the Eagles to sign Vick, gave him a man-hug.

In the morning walkthrough, Vick worked with the scout team offense.

"We have to get him in football shape," Eagles coach Andy Reid said. Reid said Vick was fit enough to handle an NFL practice and the team would bring him along accordingly.

Vick practiced only at quarterback in the morning session, Reid said.

"That's what Michael is," he said. "Michael's a quarterback."

A three-time Pro Bowl pick during six seasons with the Atlanta Falcons, Vick served 18 months in federal prison for running a dogfighting ring and was reinstated last month by NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell after being out of action since 2006.

He signed a one-year deal with the Eagles on Thursday for $1.6 million with a team option for a second year at $5.2 million.

With McNabb firmly entrenched as Philadelphia's starter and Kevin Kolb backing him up, Vick may be used more as a gimmick player than a traditional quarterback. He's got the athletic skills to run the Wildcat formation.

"There's always the possibility you can do something," Reid said.

Vick always has been far more inclined to take off and run than stay in the pocket and find an open receiver. His career completion percentage is 53.8 percent, among the lowest for a starting NFL quarterback. He has 71 career touchdown passes, but 52 interceptions.

Vick has more career 100-yard rushing games (8) than 250-yard passing games (6).

Aiding his return to the NFL is he'll be learning an Eagles' West Coast offense similar to what he ran in Atlanta.

"He's very fortunate he knows the foundation of this offense. That will speed things up," Reid said.

McNabb, a five-time Pro Bowl pick who has led the Eagles to five NFC championship games and one Super Bowl appearance in the last eight years, supported Reid's push for the team to sign Vick. The 29-year-old Vick said his friendship with McNabb was a factor, along with the team's strong management and tradition, in him picking the Eagles over other teams.

"I thought this was the perfect situation, perfect scenario," Vick said Friday at his introductory news conference. "I can come in and I can learn from Donovan, one of the premier quarterbacks in the game, one of the best at it. Everything that he's learned and the way he's been polished just comes from Coach Reid. I want to get with those two and do as much as I can to become a complete quarterback and I have time to do it."

The Eagles were heavily criticized by animal rights' activists for signing Vick and dozens of protesters voiced their outrage outside the team's practice facility on Friday. There was not much of a scene on Saturday afternoon: Seven people stood outside the gates, four of them anti-Vick.

Any furor over Vick's signing has not stopped the NFL marketing machine. Vick's new Eagles' jersey – available in white, black or midnight green – was available on the league's web site for $259.99.

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walrus4ever
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walrus4ever 08/15/09 - 07:52 pm
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Animal torturer and cold

Animal torturer and cold blooded dog slaughterer. I hope he snaps his spine in his first game out. I will not watch an Eagles game under any circumstances. The fact that the NFL welcomes him puts them inthesame ilk.

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briggyg 08/15/09 - 10:38 pm
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Give the man a break

Give the man a break already....TIME SERVED!!! He has the right to work. I'm gonna watch him on 60 minutes to hear how ashamed he is of the crime he commited.

puddeecat
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puddeecat 08/15/09 - 11:20 pm
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Give me a break...this a-hole

Give me a break...this a-hole deserves no media time at all. Quit updating us on his status. THIS IS NOT BREAKING NEWS!

justbeasy
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justbeasy 08/16/09 - 12:04 am
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Go Vick!!!! I will be

Go Vick!!!! I will be watching faithfully.

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