Vick To Wear Thicker Rib Padding In Opener

Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Michael Vick Michael Vick has decided to beef up his rib protection.

After suffering bruised ribs against the Patriots, Vick says that he will continue to wear the Kevlar padding from Unequal Technologies. He’s just getting more of it.

“It’s going to be a little thicker. I got fitted the other day and I look forward to wearing those,” said Vick. The quarterback anticipates having the new gear by the opener.

The NFL has no guidelines as to what brands of flak jackets, or rib protectors, are to be worn under a player’s uniform. Vick has been apparently using Unequal’s padding since suffering a rib cartilage injury against the Redskins in 2010. He went on to sign an endorsement deal with the company in January of last year. It was his first endorsement deal following his release from prison.

“I’m going to continue to go with Unequal,” said Vick  on Monday. “Just the new Kevlar padding.”

Vick has suffered three rib injuries in his time in Philadelphia. He missed over a month in 2010 because of cracked cartilage sustained against Washington in 2010. Broke a pair of ribs against the Cardinals last November and missed the next three games. And then the latest injury against the Patriots, which was diagnosed as a rib contusion.

Offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg declared Vick at nearly 100 percent and ready to “rock and roll” against the Browns on September 9.