There's no shortage of quarterback confusion in Philadelphia these days -- Michael Vick suffered a pair of broken ribs in the Eagles loss to the Cardinals on Sunday (in a game where Kevin Kolb might have helped Arizona's defense) and his status is up in the air for Sunday.
To wit: Andy Reid said on Thursday that Vick didn't need to practice in order to play, which means there's no telling whether he can get on the field or not. This isn't customary for Reid -- usually his quarterbacks need to play. Adding to this confusion is a report from Nick Fierro of the Allentown Morning Call, in which he notes that Vick can "barely walk."
"Don't care how tough Vick is. He ain't playing Sunday," Fierro tweeted on Thursday. "Just saw him a minute ago. He could barely walk."
Look, I said earlier this week on the podcast, and I'll say it again: starting Vick this week makes no sense for Andy Reid and Co. The Giants lead the league in sacks, Vick is banged up, his receivers are either sulking or hurt, and the Eagles season is, for all practical purposes, over.
Though it's unlikely that Vick could end up getting speared hard enough for a broken rib to pierce a vital organ (this being one of the rare long-term injury possibilities for rib injuries), if his mobility and arm strength are compromised, he's just not going to be effective and he'll be exposed to other more serious injuries.
Given that he recently signed a $100 million contract, the Eagles would be wise, I think, to sit him for a bit. Who would take his start if Vick can't go?
Well, Mike Kafka and Vince Young split the first-team reps this week, but most folks, including Jeff McLane of the Philadelphia Inquirer, believes that "it's fairly obvious Young is the guy" who'll start if Vick can't play.
And that's probably who we'll end up seeing under center once Sunday rolls around.
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