ATLANTA - SEPTEMBER 18: Michael Vick #7 of the Philadelphia Eagles scrambles against the Atlanta Falcons at the Georgia Dome on September 18, 2011 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Scott Cunningham/Getty Images)
Michael Vick exited Monday night's preseason game against the Patriots with an apparent rib injury. The injury marks the second time this preseason that Vick has left the game due to injury. We break down the fantasy implications.
Michael Vick exited Monday night's preseason game against the Patriots with an apparent rib injury. The injury marks the second time this preseason that Vick has left the game due to injury. He injured his thumb in the Eagles' preseason opener. Vick walked off the field under his own power and was taken to the locker room for X-rays, according to Christopher Price of WEEI. Jermaine Cunnigham delivered the blow that knocked the Eagles' quarterback out of the game. Nick Foles took over for Vick with Mike Kakfa also injured.
Update: Michael Vick's rib X-rays came back negative, so he is out of the woods for now.
Analysis: Michael Vick has always been injury prone. In fact, he has played a full season only once in his nine-year NFL career. Vick struggled with a rib injury last season, so the Eagles have to hope that is not what is ailing him this time around. When healthy, Vick is an elite fantasy option. Even with his injury issues last season, Vick was among the top ten quarterbacks in average fantasy points per week. Spending a second or third round pick on Vick is too risky this season, but his upside will be tough to turn down in the fourth or fifth round if he's healthy to start the season.