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Vick's form delights Eagles coach Reid

Another energising performance by Michael Vick left Andy Reid, the Philadelphia Eagles coach, offering assurances about the quarterback's playing time.

Michael Vick has shown glimpses of old.
Michael Vick has shown glimpses of old.

DETROIT // Another energising performance by Michael Vick left Andy Reid, the Philadelphia Eagles coach, offering assurances about the quarterback's playing time. Although Reid appears ready to go back to Kevin Kolb, the starter, opposing teams can expect to see plenty of Vick when facing the Eagles. "We've got more plays for him than we did a year ago, so he'll be on the field," Reid said. "It isn't going to be five or six plays this year."

Vick looked like his old Pro Bowl self at times on Sunday, smoothly flicking the ball down the field and nimbly avoiding pass rushers in Philadelphia's 35-32 win over the Detroit Lions. He went 21 of 34 for 284 yards and two touchdowns in place of Kolb, who missed the game because of a concussion. Reid said after the game that it will not be hard going back to Kolb, and Vick seemed comfortable with that. "It's not going to be difficult at all," Vick said.

The Lions' (0-2) Jahvid Best, a first-round draft pick this year, scored three times against the Eagles, including a 75-yard catch-and-run that gave Detroit a 17-7 lead in the second quarter. Best caught nine passes for 154 yards, the most yards receiving by a rookie running back in a game since Herschel Walker had 170 in 1986. He is also the first rookie to score five touchdowns in his first two games since Billy Sims in 1980.

* Associated Press