The Eagles are 1-1 in Michael Vick's absence. (Al Messerschmidt / Getty Images)
Philadelphia — Eagles quarterback Michael Vick, who has missed the last two games with a hamstring injury, is hopeful he’ll be able to play Sunday against the Giants.
Vick was injured in Philadelphia’s first matchup against New York this season, a 36-21 victory Oct. 6.
The Eagles have gone 1-1 without him.
“I’m optimistic about it,” Vick said after practicing Tuesday. “I’ve got a good chance.”
Nick Foles replaced Vick just before halftime against New York, and threw two touchdowns. He then threw three more touchdowns and ran for another when the Eagles beat the Buccaneers, 31-20, on Oct. 13. But Foles threw for 80 yards in three quarters before suffering a concussion in a 17-3 loss to the Cowboys on Sunday.
Philadelphia (3-4) would turn to rookie Matt Barkley if neither Vick nor Foles can play against New York. Barkley threw three interceptions in the fourth quarter against Dallas in relief of Foles.
Barkley said Vick took all the practice reps with the starting offense Tuesday. It was the first time since the injury Vick was in on 11-on-11 drills.
“It’s progressed very quickly,” Vick said. “It’s gotten better each and every day. But I just don’t want to lose sight of what’s gotten me to this point.
“It’s a very delicate situation. You want to get back out there and you want to play and you want to help your teammates. That’s what’s eating me up on the inside right now. I wish I could speed up the recovery process, but I can’t.”
Vick, the career leading rusher among quarterbacks with 5,858 yards, said he has yet to test out his hamstring since the injury against the Giants.
“That’s something we’ve got to do — and see what it feels like,” he said. “I have to give it a go. I just don’t want to do it this early in the week.”
A huge part of Vick’s game is his running ability. Even at 33 years old — and in his 11th NFL season — he ranked 15th in the league in rushing five weeks into the season.
Vick said if he does play, he won’t stay in the pocket to protect himself. He’ll play the way he always does.
“I’ve pretty much set my mind to play the way I want to play,” he said. “I’m giving it everything I got. No holding back. I don’t want to play that way.”
Foles, in the NFL concussion recovery protocol process, and did not practice Tuesday.
Former Lions quarterback Jeff Garcia, who started 10 games for the Browns in 2004, told 92.3 The Fan he contacted Cleveland officials and asked for a tryout.
Garcia, 43, said the Browns declined his offer.
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