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When the Philadelphia Eagles take the field Sunday for their season opener against the Cleveland Browns (1 p.m. ET on FOX), head coach Andy Reid will not be thinking about the health of starting quarterback Michael Vick.
"I don’t really worry about that," Reid told WIP's talk show host Angelo Cataldi on Wednesday, "I want him to just go play and be himself. And there’s a time and a place where he knows he’s gotta get down or out of bounds, but other than that you go play. That’s what’s made you great — you play a certain way and you go for it. And this game, I think if you asked any player they’re going to tell you they gotta catch a couple breaks here and there with the injury bug. And so hopefully this is his year where he does that."
For over two weeks, Vick has been recovering from a rib injury he suffered during the Eagles second preseason game, Aug. 20, against the New England Patriots. Since then, Vick has not seen any on-field action as he skipped Philly's final two preseason games.
Despite the lack of live reps, Vick is scheduled to start in Sunday's season-opener.
Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Michael Vick is on schedule to start in Sunday's season opener at the Cleveland Browns (1 p.m. ET on FOX), a report from Philadelphia Inquirer writer Zach Berman said Tuesday.
Vick, who's recovering from a rib injury he suffered in an Aug. 20 preseason game, took all the first-team reps Monday and said he felt all but healed.
"My arm felt fresh and my legs felt good," Vick said. "I threw the ball really well, and I had a chance to make some throws that I haven't made in a long time. It felt good to be back, and I'm extremely excited."
On Sunday, Vick is expected to wear a custom-fitted Kevlar flak jacket to provide more protection to his ribs.
Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Michael Vick says his ribs are "80% healthy" after sustaining an injury in the Eagles' 27-17 preseason win over the New England Patriots, reports Robert Klemko of USA Today. Head Coach Andy Reid believes that Vick will be ready for the regular-season opener.
The dual-threat QB has thrown for 39 touchdowns in 25 games the last two seasons for the Eagles. He also rushed for 1,265 yards and ten touchdowns over that span. Vick is important to Philadelphia's offensive success and provides a unique set of skills that are unlike many others around the league. Vick threw just three passes and rushed once before being knocked out of the game against New England Monday night.
Andy Reid said Vick will be ready to go on Sept. 9 when the Eagles play the Cleveland Browns, reports Reuben Frank of CSNPhilly.com. Reid also said that if the games counted now, Vick would be playing.
Earlier this week, Vick underwent an MRI which revealed no damage to his rib bones or cartilage. Even so, it's almost a certainty that he'll be held out the rest of the preseason.
Vick's expected availability for the regular season must come as a breath of fresh air to Philly fans considering all of the time Vick has missed due to injury in previous years, including missing three games with a rib injury in 2010.
With Vick on the sidelines for now, rookie Nick Foles will start against the Browns on Friday.
Philadelphia quarterback Michael Vick may sit out the team's final two preseason games after suffering an injury to his ribs on Monday night. Eagles' head coach Andy Reid said that as a veteran, Vick should be fine if he has to miss the last two tune-ups before the regular season kicks off:
If he didn't play again (in the preseason) then he'd be OK,'' Reid said. "I would tell you I'd probably like to see him play a little bit more, but he's got enough experience. We're not talking about a rookie. I think he'll probably be OK.
In the Eagles' preseason opener, Vick suffered an injury to his left thumb against the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Michael Vick’s MRI and CT scan have revealed no broken bones or fractured cartilage following the injury he suffered during the Philadelphia Eagles' preseason game against the New England Patriots on Monday night. The tests did, however, show that the Eagles quarterback has a rib contusion that's also affecting the soft-tissue area surrounding his ribs.
Vick left the game in the middle of the first quarter of Monday's 27-17 win after taking a shot to the ribs from Patriots LB Jermaine Cunningham. Vick underwent X-rays following the game, which came back negative. Now, the MRI and CT results have shown that there is no cartilage damage. Despite the good news, Eagles fans shouldn't expect to see Vick back under center again this preseason, as the Eagles will look to play it safe and bring back their franchise QB slowly.
Coach Andy Reid has already said, "If he didn't play again, I think he's OK." Given Vick's injury history, it is likely that the Eagles will focus on making sure he's healthy for the start of the regular season rather than trotting him out on Friday to play the Cleveland Browns.
After suffering a rib injury Monday night, the Philadelphia Eagles are not expecting to see quarterback Michael Vick for the remainder of the preseason. But the the signal caller isn't concerned about missing his team's season opener, Sept. 9, against the Cleveland Browns, a source has told Pro Football Talks' Mike Florio.
Vick, who took a shot to the ribs in the middle of the first quarter of Monday night's 27-17 victory over the New England Patriots and never returned, had X-rays on his midsection after leaving the game. Luckily, the findings came back negative.
On Tuesday, the injury-prone quarterback is expected to have a MRI and CT scan done to determine if there's any cartilage damage.
The Eagles have two more preseason games left on their exhibition schedule, the next being Friday night against the Cleveland Browns. Philly's final preseason contest, a game starters do not usually play in, is Aug. 30 against the New York Jets.
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Michael Vick of the Philadelphia Eagles got injured in yesterday's contest against the New England Patriots after getting knocked to the deck against by Jermaine Cunningham. Now he'll have to undergo tests to ensure he'll be healthy enough to go for the rest of the preseason, including an MRI and a CT scan today to determine cartilage damage.
Regardless of whether he's healthy or not, Eagles head coach Andy Reid would be fairly satisifed if this was Vick's final preseason action. Reuben Frank of CSN Philly files this report on the injury with accompanying quotes from Reid.
"If he didn't play again, I think he's OK," Reid said. "I would tell you I would like to see him play a little bit more, but he's got enough experience. We're not talking about a rookie, so I think he'd be OK."
Bleeding Green Nation pointed to the poor blocking by the Eagles as the main reason Vick ended up getting hurt.
The reason the play happened was the awful blocking. It's not 100% Vick's fault every time he gets hit. Yes, he has to protect himself, but his line has to protect him as well. That said, I certainly understand the frustration that comes from seeing him leave the field injured for the second straight game.
Philadelphia offensive lineman Evan Mathis had the biggest problem in the protection assignment, but seemed upbeat about his quarterback's injury. Even though he was responsible for the breakdown in protection, Mathis seems to believe that Vick will be ready to play soon.
"Completely my fault," Mathis said. "It’s something that can’t happen. Something we’ve got to work out. Fortunately, Michael is not too seriously injured, but it’s very concerning. It’s our job to keep him safe. To keep him off the turf. When the quarterback takes a hit and is laying on the ground, you feel it."
Vick's health has always been a trouble spot during his career and hampered his production. These consecutive injuries will do nothing to help.
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When DeSean Jackson saw Michael Vick go down in Monday's game against the Patriots, he thought, "No, not again." Vick's had an injury prone reputation in the past and suffering an injury in consecutive preseason games won't help that.
Last week it was the thumb injury. This week it's an apparent rib injury but x-rays were negative.
"Last year we dealt with a lot of him getting injured and things like that," Eagles receiver DeSean Jackson said in a sideline interview with ESPN's Lisa Salters. "He's such a huge part of our offense. Going back in there at halftime and checking him out, things were pretty cool. He was sore and bruised up a little bit. He was just like, 'Man, I can't keep taking hits like that.' Hopefully we can protect him better."
The Eagles are hoping he can do the same but Vick isn't someone who is going to go down easily which will occasionally lead to situations where he's more at risk for injury.
"He was back there joking around but at the same time sore, bruised up and hurt a little bit," Jackson said in the third quarter on Monday night. "But it's the second preseason game. We have a lot of time before the first game. Hopefully he can get off his feet, chill, relax and not take anymore hits like that."
Updates on Vick's status will continue to come in this week but Andy Reid says Vick is "sore but OK".
Philadelphia Eagles coach Andy Reid told ESPN's Lisa Salters that starting quarterback Michael Vick is "sore but OK." Vick left Monday night's preseason game against the Patriots in the first quarter after taking a blow to the ribs. He visited the locker room for X-rays, which came back negative.
On just his third pass attempt, Vick dropped back off of play action and was driven into the turf by New England's Jermaine Cunningham. The facemask and helmet went right into his ribs at contact. Vick was immediately in pain, and after an initial attempt to stay in the game, he was promptly replaced by Nick Foles.
According to Reid, the injury does not appear to be a major cause for concern and there's plenty of reason to be cautious during the preseason. But rib injuries are something that can linger, and given Vick's recent proneness to injury, it's certainly disconcerting to have him banged up after such limited exposure in the preseason.
X-rays on Michael Vick's ribs came back negative, but the Eagles' starting quarterback will not return to Monday night's preseason game in Foxborough. The second preseason game was supposed to serve as a "dress rehearsal" for Andy Reid's club, but Vick's night ended after just three pass attempts.
In the middle of the first quarter, Vick took a blow to the stomach from a fast-approaching Jermaine Cunningham. He immediately grabbed his midsection in pain, but tried to get back in the huddle. Andy Reid called a timeout after he went down to a knee, and Vick was replaced by Nick Foles.
Vick stood on the sideline for a play or two before heading to the locker room for X-rays. Even with the report that those X-rays are negative, Vick's preseason could well be over after just seven pass attempts in two games.
Michael Vick was injured in the middle of the first quarter during the Eagles Monday Night Football game against the Patriots. As he dropped back to go deep off of playaction, Vick took a big shot to the midsection from Patriots rusher Jermaine Cunningham. The ball fluttered deep down the field as Vick was planted on the Gillette Stadium turf. It first appeared to be an injury to the ribs. An animated gif of the hit that injured him:
The Eagles quarterback was slow to get up at first, hobbling back to the huddle and grabbing his stomach. But a moment later, he went down to one knee and Andy Reid was forced to call a timeout. Nick Foles came in to replace him as he went to the locker room for further examination and x-rays.