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Bet on the NFL  We are nearing the 45th annual Super Bowl, and in the grand tradition of professional sports there are some injured athletes out there who are going to do everything I can to suppress the pain so they can join their team on the field this weekend. But no matter if they say they are a hundred percent or not, they are still injured and when placing your Super Bowl bets these are factors that should be considered. Making the news today Michael Vick claims he’s ready for this Sundays matchup against the Packers.

In addition to Vick, coach Andy Reid claims that DeSean Jackson and Asante Samuel will all be on the field this weekend for the Philadelphia Eagle’s first wild-card playoff game against Green Bay. Michael Vick was not able to play in the regular season final game in Week 17 against the Dallas Cowboys because of a thigh bruise he received during the Week 16 game against the Minnesota Vikings. A few stats on Vick: he started in 12 games this season, throwing 6 interceptions and his 62.6 completion rate marked the highest so far in his career. As for DeSean Jackson, he received a foot injury which kept him on the bench for the game vs. the Dallas Cowboys. Asante Samuel had a knee injury, both players were Pro Bowl picks this year. A couple of Eagles that you may not see on Sunday are Stewart Bradley and Max Jean-Gilles. Bradley dislocated an elbow and Jean-Gilles injured an ankle.

The more likely of the two to return to the field would be Jean-Gilles. You will definitely see cornerback Dimitri Patterson starting this Sunday.

Now to the Baltimore Ravens, who also play this Sunday vs. the Kansas City Chiefs. Pro Bowl safety Ed Reed allegedly fractured his ribs in the Week 17 game against the Cincinnati Bengals. Reed is claiming that it is a bruise combined with a muscle injur and that he is ok for the first week of the playoffs. Michael Oher, left tackle for the Philadelphia Eagles has a right knee sprain, but coach John Harbaugh believes that he will be OK for this weekend. Then there is wide receiver Derrick Mason who is struggling with his abs and ankles, as well as kicker returner David Reed who hurt his wrist, although injured both are expected to play.


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