Michael Vick And Eagles Dodge Broken Hand ScareBREAKING NEWS, Eagles, News, Quarterbacks Friday, August 10th, 2012
It wasn’t a quality performance for Michael Vick (or anybody else on the Eagles first team offense), but every Eagles fan watching the game on television and at Lincoln Financial Field had to be concerned in the first quarter that the quarterback might have broken his hand.
Vick, who seemed to have trouble deciding where he was going to throw the football all night long, hit his hand on the helmet of center Jason Kelce while following through after a throw.
“I thought it was broken,” Vick said about his hand. “I did the same type of thing last year against Dallas, but I was able to come back the next day and play. But this time I heard a pop and thankfully it was because of the collision and not because of a broken bone.”
I was upstairs in the Lincoln Financial Field press box and the only thing anybody was talking about once Vick was sidelined with the hand injury was what would the Eagles do if he hand was broken. There was a lot of talk about the Birds getting in contact with long-time Eagles quarterback Donovan McNabb and bringing him back.
Vick was standing on the sidelines in noticeable pain and holding his finger in a cup with ice in it. You could see that he was down as he talked despondently with his teammates.
“I lost feeling in it for a second,” Vick said. “Once I got to the sideline, after about 30 minutes, I started getting the feeling back.
“I was just hoping that it wasn’t anything severe, and I was just praying that the season didn’t get off to a horrible start. It swelled up, but it feels a lot better now.
“It’s been a tough week. When I came over to the sideline and I was sitting there wondering if it was something severe with my finger, I could only reflect on what this past week has been like and just praying that my finger wasn’t as bad as I thought. I was pleased to see that the X-rays were negative.”
It was great to find out at halftime that Vick’s hand wasn’t broken, but I’m concerned about his play. He’s been working hard to get a better understanding of the Eagles offense, but it sure didn’t look like it when he was in the game.
Throughout training camp Vick’s play at Lehigh hasn’t been consistent. He would have a good day or session making decisions and throwing the football effectively, then the next session or next day he would struggle. I’m not seeing the consistency that I had hoped to see after number seven had the time to spend with Andy Reid, Marty Mornhinweg and Doug Pederson.
He’s not getting the ball out of his hands quickly, which is going to mean that he will be getting hit often and likely to get injured as the season goes on.
Vick completed three of his four passes for six yards and seemed to have decided where he was going with the football before he threw it. First he connected with DeSean Jackson even though Jackson was well covered. He completed a wide route to LeSean McCoy despite the fact that there was a linebacker draped all over him.
All I can say is that he better be much better than he was last night.
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