Twice we’ve played the questionable status game with Michael Vick this year, and twice he’s played despite head and hand injuries.
The third time might not be very charming at all.
In his Monday press conference Eagles head coach Andy Reid said that Vick played with two broken ribs during yesterday’s 21-17 loss to Arizona, and he didn’t say a word. Vick sat out one play after taking a hard hit from Darnell Dockett late in the fourth quarter following a seven-yard run that inched the Eagles closer to a field goal. Vince Young came in for one play–a hand-off to LeSean McCoy–and Vick then returned for the Eagles’ final drive that ended in a game-sealing interception.
It’s unclear if Vick was hurt when he was tackled by Dockett, or if that aggravated an injury suffered earlier in the game. There’s a very good chance, though, that an Eagles team that’s now four games back of the Giants–their Week 11 opponent in East Rutherford–in the NFC East with just seven games remaining will be without its starting quarterback in a game where a loss will kill their feeble playoff hopes.
Jeff McLane of the Philadelphia Inquirer spoke to Vick, and the 31-year-old said he’s in pain, and he’s unsure about his status for Sunday. Vick has demonstrated an ability to be a quick healer, so making a definitive judgment on a Monday afternoon is unwise. But Reid also revealed that Jeremy Maclin has a sprained shoulder and a hamstring injury, so even if it is Day 1 of the recovery for Philly’s wounded, it’s difficult to justify much optimism for the rest of the season.
And that’s not even the end of the Eagles’ injury report…
- Reid’s report also included Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, and the coach’s sheet said that he suffered a high ankle sprain. But Rogers-Cromartie said he tore ankle ligaments in addition to the sprain. He could out for at least a month, and by the time he returns the Dream Team’s nightmare could already be over.
- Elsewhere, Buffalo’s playoffs aspirations are also dying a slow and horrible death, and now they’ll be playing without Eric Wood.
- The Patriots’ secondary was woeful enough with Devin McCourty–a 2010 Pro Bowler–in the lineup. Now he reportedly has a separated shoulder and he’ll be out “a few weeks“, so New England will find out how bad its pass defense can be without him.
- Jaguars cornerback Rashean Mathis tore his left ACL and will be shelved for the year.
- Ditto for Knownshon Moreno.
- Lastly, Matt Cassel might not be able to play against Tom Brady and his old team next Monday night.