Eagles Michael Vick watches on during practice on Dec. 14, 2011. (AP Photo)

Will Eagles Michael Vick play against the Jets?

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Philadelphia Eagles Quarterback Michael Vick did not participate in practice on Wednesday as he is still recovering from broken ribs he suffered last month.

Head coach Andy Reid says he’s confident that Vick will play on Sunday against the New York Jets.

“He was a little tender from the game (but) not as bad as before,” Reid said. “He was throwing the ball out there.”

Last Sunday Vick was sacked four times and took several hits in a 26-10 victory over the Miami Dolphins. He missed the three previous games after breaking two lower ribs in a loss to Arizona on Nov. 13.

“I think he’s been hit a lot this season,” center Jason Kelce said Wednesday. “Part of that’s on him, part of it was on us, earlier in the season. Last week, we got him hit a little too much. It’s tough to say (why his season has been such a struggle). I still love Mike; I think he’s one of the best quarterbacks in the league, regardless of what the statistics say.

“He is still sore. I was talking to him about it (on Tuesday). He’s taken a lot of shots; he extends plays, that’s always been his M.O., extending the play, making something happen … Sometimes you’re going to take some beatings. Early on in the year, we got him hit way too much … There’s only so many hits a guy can take in a year.”

For Rex Ryan and the Jets, they would be plenty happy if Vick didn’t suit up.

“He can throw a battle ship through a strawberry,” Ryan said. “There is only one Michael Vick in this league, a dynamic playmaker, can make all the throws, strong arm and the way he can move is second to nobody.”

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