Sunday, 27 September 2009

QB Michael Vick plays for first time in 33 months

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Michael Vick played in an NFL game that counted on Sunday, though he didn't account for much of the Philadelphia Eagles offense.

Vick was on the field for only nine plays through the first three quarters of the Eagles' game against the Kansas City Chiefs, and not much happened with him in the game.

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Vick ran once for 7 yards, threw two incompletions, including one throw that bounced woefully short, and either handed off or acted as a decoy on the other plays. The Eagles built a 27-7 lead after three quarters over the struggling Chiefs in large part on the play of quarterback Kevin Kolb, rookie halfback LeSean McCoy and second-year receiver DeSean Jackson.

McCoy ran for a touchdown and Kolb ran for one and threw for another to Jackson, who had 117 yards receiving in the first half.

Vick could only cheer them on.

Vick, who served 18 months in prison on a federal dogfighting charge, didn't have to wait long to play in his first regular-season game in 33 months, a return that has been much anticipated in the NFL. He had played in two preseason games but was suspended for the first games of the regular season.

On the second play from scrimmage, the 29-year-old Vick lined up as a wide receiver, went in motion and had a handoff faked to him. He then watched as McCoy lost a yard on a carry.

Some in the crowd rose to give Vick a standing ovation as he took the field, though some didn't even notice because he wasn't there long: Vick lined up for one play at wide receiver then returned to the sideline.

A Pro Bowler in three of his six seasons with the Atlanta Falcons, Vick went from a hero to a disgrace in 2007 when his association with a dogfighting ring was announced by federal authorities.

Before the game, a group of about 25 protesters gathered at the northeast entrance to the stadium, holding signs saying, "Vick is sick" and "Ethics over athletics." As fans walked by, some began chanting Vick's name and a few shouted insults at the protesters or yelled at them to go home. Philadelphia police stayed close to keep an eye on things.

The only play of note for Vick in the opening half was his second from scrimmage. Taking a shotgun snap, Vick ran an option keeper to the right and gained 7 yards, drawing a cheer from the crowd.

The fleet-footed Vick, who gained 1,000 yards rushing in 2006, got a chance to throw his first pass on the same series on a first and goal from the Chiefs 5. However, it went out of the end zone as he took a big hit.

Vick took a shotgun snap on the Eagles' third series and handed off to McCoy for an 11-yard gain.

Kolb was not on the field for any of the six shotgun snaps Vick took in the first half.

Vick's other plays were a bounced pass attempt to Jason Avant, a handoff to receiver Jeremy Maclin and several handoffs to McCoy.

He spent the rest of the time standing on the sideline, handing his helmet to an equipment man and taking a visor in return.

Vick was released from prison in late July and signed a one-year deal for $1.6 million with an Eagles' option for a second year at $5.2 million. Commissioner Roger Goodell announced in early September that Vick would be eligible to play this week.

Vick has called his offenses "a horrible mistake" and vowed to crusade for animal rights.

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