Michael Vick Injury Update (Broken Hand); Out 3-4 Weeks
The Eagles quarterback will be grounded for the next month
By: Athlon Sports | 9/26/11, 10:06 AM EDT
Michael Vick's broken right hand will keep the Phildelphia Eagles' quarterback out of the lineup for the next 3-4 weeks.
Vick broke his non-throwing hand when he was hit by a borderline late-hit by Giants DT Chris Canty.
The Eagles have a bye in week 7, which means there's a good chance that they have to find a replacement until week 8. The Eagles play the 49ers at home in Week 4, then go on the road to the surprising 3-0 Buffalo Bills in week 5 and to division rival Washington in week 6.
So aside from the lowly 49ers, the Eagles will most likely be without Vick for two difficult road games.
And now it seems that all the preseason prognostications are coming true. Vick has only one full season under his belt and he's the type of player who plays the game with reckless abandon. His body takes a beating every game when his offensive line is decent, but this year, the Eagles' offensive line woes have opened him up to even more abuse than normal.
And for a guy who's only 5'10" and not built like a bowling ball (think Mike Tolbert) all these hits are taking a toll quicker than most thought.
Vick's broken hand will leave the Eagles with a big question: who will fill in for their injured star?
Mike Kafka, who came in when Vick went down with a concussion in week two to play better than expected, didn't fare so well against the Giants. He came in and put up two interceptions and did not look good.
But this is why the Eagles signed Vince Young. They knew that Vick was going to go down at some point, and now this is his chance to step in and take the reigns. Vince is still nursing a hamstring injury, but the Eagles have to hope that he can step in and make sure the offense doesn't miss to much of a beat.
The reason they signed a guy like Young is because he plays the quarterback position similar to Vick, in that they're both quarterbacks that defenses have to worry about taking off and running. A guy like Kafka plays a more classic quarterback position, which completely changes the offensive playbook, while Young can come in and run the same exact offense Vick did (almost.)
This is a huge test for the so-called Dream Team. But so far, this season has been a nightmare for the 1-2 Eagles.
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