If it appeared that Michael Vick wasn't 100 percent healthy against the Dolphins, the Eagles quarterback hasn't dispelled the notion.
Despite the Eagles' 26-10 win, Vick, who missed the previous three games with broken ribs, struggled against Miami. He wasn't the only one on offense to be off his game, but Vick completed only 15 of 30 passes and was intercepted once.
"I'm getting better," Vick told philadelphiaeagles.com on Tuesday. "It's been tough the last three or four weeks. Last week didn't make it any better. I'm just trying to stay alive. I'm just trying to be accountable to my teammates."
Vick, who was sacked four times and took a number of other hits, said that he wore a protective vest against the Dolphins. He said it helped some, but only time will stop the pain.
"If you break your ribs, and it hurts, it takes a while to recover," Vick said. "I think with any injury there's nothing that can protect it other than it being all the way healed. I just got to get it all the way healed."
There had been speculation that Vick's injured ribs were affecting his throwing motion. He had at least four passes batted down by Dolphins linemen. But tipped passes have been a problem for the 6-foot Vick and the Eagles all season.
Eagles coach Andy Reid said on Monday that Sunday's batted throws occurred because Vick wasn't throwing in lanes and because the offensive line was sometimes not doing its job.
"This is the first year that I've had probably 30 tipped balls in a season," Vick said. "It's never happened before, and I don't know where it comes from, and I haven't changed my game, I haven't done anything different. Everything's the same. I don't know what it is. We have to figure it out."
Reid said that Vick could have done a better job of moving in the pocket before unleashing a few passes. Vick was asked if there was something he could do?
"I can't stop it," Vick said. "I've been in this league for nine years, and I've never had a season where I've had so many balls tipped. So I don't know where it comes from. So I got to look at the film and figure out what the problem is."
He's got three games - assuming the Eagles don't make the playoffs - to figure it out, starting with Sunday's home game against the 8-5 New York Jets. A few weeks ago the Jets looked like the AFC version of the Eagles - a team with a lot of preseason hype but one that failed to deliver.
But New York has rallied and won three straight. Of course, those victories were over Buffalo, Washington and Kansas City. After their season-opening win over Dallas, the Jets' seven other victories have come against teams with losing records.
The Eagles have to win all three of their remaining games to have any chance at making the playoffs. And then they need a lot of help. Vick was asked if the 5-8 Eagles have what it takes to win out.
"It takes 11 guys to be on the same page and to have the attitude to be the best," Vick said. "When we bring that attitude we play the best football that anybody's ever seen. But when we don't, we look like a mediocre team."
Hamler is signed. The Eagles signed wide receiver Jamel Hamler (6-foot-2, 195 pounds) to their practice squad to replace defensive tackle Cedric Thornton, who was signed to the 53-man roster after receiver Steve Smith was placed on injured reserve.
Hamler, an undrafted rookie free agent out of Fresno State, was last with the Denver Broncos. He suffered a back injury late in the preseason, however, and was waived via an injury settlement before the season.