In the Monday Night Football preseason game against the Patriots, Eagles fans saw a scare that they are quite used to seeing at this point. QB Michael Vick endured a big time hit from Pats’ LB Jermaine Cunningham on only the first Philadelphia series of the game. Vick remained on the ground for a few minutes, then headed to the locker room. X-rays were negative and an MRI revealed a “rib contusion.”
Head Coach Andy Reid said Wednesday that he has no doubt that Vick will be ready to start Week 1. He also said that he is “leaning against” playing Vick in the next preseason game, instead opting to start the impressive third QB Nick Foles. Reid stands behind his QB and is confident about him going into the regular season. But I think the question is: How long will Vick actually play without getting injured?
Look at Vick’s past two seasons alone:
2010: Missed three games due to injured “rib cartilage” (vs. Redskins)
2011: Missed three games due to broken ribs (vs. Cardinals)
2011: Missed one game due to a concussion (vs. Falcons)
2011: Broke right hand (non-throwing hand) (vs. Giants)
2012: Injured thumb on throwing hand in preseason opener (vs. Steelers)
All of that combined with this most recent rib injury should take Reid from “leaning against” playing Vick in preseason to completely against. Vick has only completed a full 16 game season once in his career, in 2006. I would love to see Vick finish out an entire season, but history just says otherwise.
I leave you with a quote from Vick to the Philadelphia Daily News:
“There’s no reason to keep digging and to [be] talking about it and saying ‘Change your style. Are you holding the ball too long?’ I’m over that. That’s not the reason, and I think sometimes people make assumptions not really knowing what needs to be done”
Touché, Michael Vick. Touché.