Eagles release statement regarding Michael Vick

The Philadelphia Eagles moved quickly today to deny a report by the Associated Press that they are strongly considering clipping the wings of backup quarterback Michael Vick in light of the shooting incident following his birthday party more than a week ago.

The club went to the length of releasing a statement on a weekend to dispute the reports.

“Under normal circumstances, we would not issue a public statement regarding a matter still under investigation. However, due to the intense speculation that exists, we believe it is important to make a statement this afternoon regarding Michael Vick.

“Following the incident that occurred in Virginia on the morning of June 25, Michael and his representatives promptly contacted law enforcement agencies, the Philadelphia Eagles and the National Football League. The Eagles were provided with very detailed information during that discussion as to what took place at the event. Those details have not changed in any way over the course of the last week. Our investigation to this point has confirmed and has been consistent with the information that was originally communicated to us.

“Furthermore, any report or speculation that suggests the Eagles are considering releasing Vick are not true. We will continue to gather information and monitor the situation and we will not have any further comment until that process is complete.”

We tend to believe the Eagles on this one. The club doesn’t have another choice, at least not an attractive one when you consider Vick is the only quarterback on the roster with a lot of experience. The Eagles are turning to Kevin Kolb as their starter this season and rookie Mike Kafka, from Northwestern, is projected to be the No. 3.

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