Michael Vick of the Eagles gets a hand getting up off the turf from Chiefs defensive lineman and former Penn State star Tamba Hali at the end of a play in Sunday’s NFL game at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia.PETE G. WILCOX/THE TIMES LEADER
PHILADELPHIA — Michael Vick played in an NFL game that counted, though he didn’t account for much of the Philadelphia Eagles offense.
Vick carried once for 7 yards, threw two incompletions and either handed off or was a decoy on eight other plays as the Philadelphia Eagles defeated the Kansas City Chiefs 34-14 Sunday in the quarterback’s first regular-season action since December 2006.
Vick spent most of the game on the sideline watching youngsters Kevin Kolb, LeSean McCoy and DeSean Jackson lead the Eagles to a one-sided victory.
McCoy ran for a touchdown. Kolb ran for one and threw for two others, including one to Jackson, who had a career-best 149 receiving yards.
Vick could only cheer them on. His 11 plays, which included seven handoffs, resulted in a net of 30 yards.
Those are humble numbers for a player who was one of the most feared weapons in the league before his legal troubles.
Vick, who served 18 months in prison on a federal dogfighting charge, took the field on the second play from scrimmage. He lined up at wide receiver, went in motion and had a handoff faked to him, then watched as McCoy lost a yard on a carry.
Some in the crowd rose to give Vick a standing ovation, but he was back on the sideline so quickly — after one play — that many fans at Lincoln Financial Field didn’t seem to notice him.
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.