Michael Vick will be ready for opener, coach vows

New England Patriots linebacker Jermaine Cunningham drops Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Michael Vick to the field on a hard hit during the first quarter of an NFL preseason football game in Foxborough, Mass., Aug. 20, 2012. AP Photo

(AP) PHILADELPHIA - Eagles coach Andy Reid says there's no question Michael Vick will be ready to play the season opener despite injuring his ribs again.

X-rays on Vick's ribs at the stadium were negative, and an MRI and CT scan on Tuesday revealed he has no broken bones or fractured cartilage. Vick has a contusion of his ribs and of the soft tissue surrounding it. He also needed X-rays on his thumb, and those tests were also negative.

Vick won't practice Wednesday after bruising his ribs and the soft tissue surrounding it during Philadelphia's win at New England on Monday. The three-time Pro Bowl quarterback hasn't been ruled out of Friday night's preseason game at Cleveland, though it's unlikely he will play.

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The Eagles play the Browns again in Week 1 on Sept. 9.

Vick has missed three games because of rib injuries in each of the past two seasons. Nick Foles will start on Friday if Vick can't play.

The starters are expected to play about one quarter.

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