Cowboys preparing for Michael Vick

IRVING, Texas -- With no way to improve its playoff positioning, Philadelphia coach Andy Reid finds himself with a decision to make on whether to rest players or not for the wild-card round of the playoffs.

Reading between the lines Reid gave during his conference call with the local media and what he told the Philadelphia media, it looks like a good bet that Michael Vick will not play Sunday. Vick suffered a bruised quadriceps in Tuesday’s loss to Minnesota and was banged around pretty good.

If Vick can’t start, then Kevin Kolb would start for the Eagles.

“We’re getting ready to play Michael Vick,” outside linebacker Anthony Spencer said. “If Kolb plays then we can adjust from there. But [Vick] is more elusive than Kolb is.”

Spencer said most of the film work has involved the Dec. 12 meeting at Cowboys Stadium. Vick threw for 270 yards and two touchdowns, while adding a rushing touchdown, but he was sure they would get some looks at Kolb, too.

Kolb opened the season as Philadelphia’s starter but got hurt and Vick played too well to be replaced. He started four games and has thrown for 1,035 yards with six touchdowns and four interceptions but he has not taken a snap in six weeks.

“The rule is you prepare for the system,” interim head coach Jason Garrett said, “but certainly these two quarterbacks are different in their implementations of the system. They’re both good players.”