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Gerald McCoy's message to Michael Vick

TAMPA, Fla. -- When it comes to dealing with the media, defensive tackle Gerald McCoy might be the most gregarious and playful member of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

McCoy was at the top of his game Wednesday when asked about Philadelphia quarterbacks Michael Vick and Nick Foles. Vick has a hamstring injury and his status for Sunday’s game at Tampa Bay is unclear.

“I hope Mike Vick hears this,’’ McCoy said in a playful tone. “He’s done this to me the past two years. He gets hurt the week before I finally get to play against a guy I’ve been wanting to play against since I was a kid. So, Vick, if you hear this, I don’t like it. Not because I don’t like you, but because you get hurt the week before I finally get to play against you. You’re a great competitor and I would love to compete against you. But since you don’t want to play, I’ll talk about Nick Foles.’’

McCoy then went on to talk about Foles in a more serious manner.

“He is an underrated passer and an underrated athlete,’’ McCoy said. “He beat us a lot last year with his legs and scrambling ability. I think people underestimate his athletic ability because he plays next to a Mike Vick. But that guy is good. He beat us last year, so we know what he can do and we have a tough test ahead of us.’’