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  • Vick fumbling at an alarming rate

  • PHILADELPHIA — Michael Vick has fumbled in the pocket, fumbled on scrambles and fumbled when he hasn't even been hit.
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  • PHILADELPHIA — Michael Vick has fumbled in the pocket, fumbled on scrambles and fumbled when he hasn't even been hit.
    The bottom line: Vick is turnover-prone.
    Vick's inability to hold onto the ball cost the Philadelphia Eagles a win at Pittsburgh on Sunday. He lost two more fumbles in a 16-14 loss to the Steelers, bringing his season total to five in five games.
    Vick also had another fumble that was recovered by a teammate and one more that didn't count because it was overturned on replay.
    He's put the ball on the ground eight times this season.
    "There's nobody more competitive than this guy," coach Andy Reid said Monday. "He knows that he can't fumble. He knows he can't have turnovers. Nobody knows it more than the player. He doesn't want to go out there and do those things."
    Yet he does at alarming rate.
    The first time Vick lost control of the ball came at the end of a 9-yard run to the Steelers 42 in the first quarter. He dove headfirst and the ball popped loose. But Reid challenged the call and it was overturned because Vick was ruled down by contact.
    On the same drive, Vick committed the costly fumble at the Steelers 1. That one turned out to be pivotal in a game decided by Shaun Suisham's 34-yard field goal as time expired.
    "I wish I could take back the fumble on the goal line, but I can't," Vick said. "Ultimately, we put ourselves in a position to win this game, but we didn't win. That's how it goes in the NFL. You wish you could have some things back, and there are plenty of things I wish I could have back through the course of this season,"
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