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Giants bracing for Vick

11/14/2011

Michael Vick has two broken ribs and his status for Sunday night’s rematch with the Giants is up in the air.

But the Giants are expecting Vick to play.

“For the most part we are going to prepare like he is going to play,” safety Kenny Phillips said. “And if he doesn’t, we’re not mad at him."

In their previous meeting, the Giants held Vick to 16-for-23 passing for 176 yards and one interception. They sacked him twice and injured his hand.

Vick is coming off a 21-17 loss to the Cardinals in which he completed only 16-of-34 passes for 128 yards and two interceptions. Head coach Andy Reid said he broke his two lower ribs early in the game and played through the pain.

The Giants, though, know full well what Vick is capable of.

"We’ll see," defensive end Justin Tuck said on his weekly radio spot on WFAN about playing Vick. "I know Michael is a tough guy. He takes a lot of hits and he always finds a way to be out there on Sunday. It is a big game for them, I would go so far to say a do-or-die game. So I definitely expect to see him. I would be surprised if we don’t see him in some capacity."

Head coach Tom Coughlin said he has not begun game-planning for the Eagles yet when asked about Vick. If Vick can’t play, backup Vince Young could get the start.

"I haven’t even begun to gain or gather information about Philadelphia," Coughlin said. "I can just tell you this -- they are a talented football team and we are going to prepare as hard as we can. Whatever the circumstances are, we will deal with it in our preparation but as of this time, I have not begun that aspect of it."