Eagles' Vick softens his stance on officials

September 26, 2011 - 7:45 PM
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Philadelphia Eagles' Michael Vick, left, shows his hand to New York Giants' Eli Manning after an NFL football game on Sunday, Sept. 25, 2011, in Philadelphia. Vick left with a broken right hand in the fourth quarter and New York won 29-16. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Michael Vick says he won't complain about the officials anymore.

The star quarterback blasted officials after injuring his right hand in Philadelphia's 29-16 loss to the New York Giants on Sunday, saying he takes too many late hits without getting the benefit of roughing-the-passer penalties.

"I was kind of out of character and being too candid in that aspect," Vick said Monday. "Ultimately, I respect the referees and their decision to make calls, and you won't hear me complain about it no more."

Vick bruised his right hand — the team initially said it was broken — after taking a hard shot from Chris Canty in the third quarter. His status for next Sunday's game against San Francisco is uncertain.