DeAngelo Hall wanted Vick to play the whole game
The Redskins began working on their gameplan for Eagles quarterback Kevin Kolb several weeks ago, but they had to switch gears last month when Andy Reid named Michael Vick his starter. The Redskins only had to tweak the gameplan slightly Sunday afternoon when Vick was knocked out of the game late in the first quarter, and at least one player wishes Vick could have stayed in there longer.
"I'm a big fan of his," said Redskins cornerback DeAngelo Hall, Vick's teammate for four years with the Falcons. "Enjoyed watching him play in Atlanta. I was looking forward to going against him, going against him for a full game. Seeing him out there brought back some old memories."
Vick was 5-of-7 passing for 49 yards when he left the game with a chest injury. In his place, Kolb was 22-of-35 passing for 201 yards, one touchdown and one interception.
"You never want to see anybody get hurt," said Redskins quarterback Donovan McNabb, "especially a friend and a guy who has been playing well. I hope nothing but the best for all those guys."
Redskins players say they didn't necessarily change much of their gameplan, which on Sunday called for a more conservative approach that relied on a cover-two zone and fewer pass rushers than were used in the team's first three games.
"I would not say we were relieved completely because we know that Kevin is a quarterback that can make plays and also scramble," said safety Kareem Moore. "It did not matter who came into play quarterback; we just wanted to keep them in front of us and make plays."
Kolb used his feet a bit, too. He finished with 21 rushing yards on a pair of runs. Vick had 17 yards on three runs before leaving the game.
Reid said Vick will have an MRI on Monday. His status for the Eagles' upcoming games is unclear.
"Hopefully he can bounce back," said Hall. "I don't know if this will mean Kolb's the guy now. I'll let those guys deal with that. But we were definitely looking forward to it. He was on a great run. He had some great numbers, had some big plays thus far this season. We were definitely looking forward to going against him."
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