Former Atlanta Falcons and current Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Michael Vick is set to debut with the Eagles this coming Sunday at Lincoln Financial Field in South Philadelphia after spending roughly two years away from the NFL. Vick was away from the National Football League while serving a prison and probation sentence for running a dog fighting ring. He is expected to not only take snaps at quarterback on Sunday against the Kansas City Chiefs but also at wide receiver and running back in what is widely becoming known throughout the league as the Wildcat formation.
Vick was allowed to play in the Eagles preseason games but was suspended for the first two weeks of the regular season by commissioner Roger Goodell. His suspension ended after the team’s week two loss to the New Orleans Saints. Vick will be making his regular season debut in front of one of the most hostile fan bases in the country; his own. So, if Vick gets to play and plays well, he will be cheered. If Vick gets to play and plays poorly, he will face boos.
It should be interesting to see if there will be protests outside of the stadium by local animal rights groups or if everything will be quiet prior to the game aside from the raucous noise coming from tailgaters in the parking lots. Whatever happens on Sunday will be talked about for weeks to come on ESPN, Comcast Sports Net, in local and national papers, across the blogosphere and everywhere in between.