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Posted on: February 23, 2012 8:44 pm
 

Eagles sign Trent Edwards to one-year deal

EdwardsBy Josh Katzowitz

In 2008, quarterback Trent Edwards had a decent-enough season with the Bills, completing 65.5 percent of his passes for 2,699 yards, 11 touchdowns and 10 interceptions for a 7-9 Buffalo squad.

But after Ryan Fitzpatrick took over the starting quarterback job -- the dance between Edwards and Fitzpatrick was enough to make former Bills star Jim Kelly go mad -- Edwards has been a non-factor in the league.

He played two games for the Bills in 2010 before Buffalo cut him and then played three games with the Jaguars. Though his name always seemed to pop up among teams who were desperate for a fill-in quarterback last season, he didn’t play at all in 2011 after the Raiders released him before the year began.

Looks like Edwards might not be unemployed for 2012, though, as the Eagles announced Thursday that they’ve signed him to a one-year deal.

Although Edwards (obviously) won’t compete with Michael Vick for the Philadelphia starting job, he’ll have a chance to beat out Mike Kafka for the right to back up Vick. And though it’s questionable whether Edwards is a legit starting quarterback in this league, he still can be a solid backup.

For a team that employs the oft-injured Vick, that’s an important component for the Eagles.

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Posted on: November 17, 2011 2:45 pm
Edited on: November 17, 2011 3:15 pm
 

Vick can 'barely walk,' VY likely to start?

Posted by Will Brinson

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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Posted on: November 14, 2011 12:30 pm
Edited on: November 14, 2011 12:43 pm
 

Vick has couple broken ribs, could miss time

Posted by Will Brinson

It was a rough Sunday for the Eagles, as they lost at home to Arizona 21-17. The defense was bad, DeSean Jackson was missing for disciplinary reasons, and Michael Vick looked horrible.

But Vick's apparently got a good excuse for his poor play -- Andy Reid told reporters on Monday, via our Eagles Rapid Reporter Kevin Noonan, that Vick suffered a couple broken ribs against the Cardinals and that he could miss time going forward.

"We'll see," Reid said when asked if Vick would play Sunday.

According to Reid, Vick suffered the injury on the second play of the game against Arizona. If that's the case, it's not hard to see how -- Daryl Washington came off the edge, basically unblocked, and laid into Vick's side after the quarterback threw a completion to tight end Brent Celek.

The hit obviously affected Vick over the course of the game, even if he didn't disclose it following the loss yesterday.

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"I wasn’t accurate today," Vick said Sunday, per Noonan. "I never really got comfortable and that can’t happen. I have to find a way to get it done."

It's kind of hard to imagine that the Eagles would play Vick on Sunday; though there's an argument to made that their season hangs in the balance right now, there's also an argument to be made that the Eagles season is over.

The Giants sport a ferocious pass rush (they're first in the NFL with 30 sacks this season) and trotting Vick out against the Giants could expose him to further injury, even if he wears a flak jacket or some other protective device. In other words, the upside for putting Vick under center just isn't there, even if the downside involves Vince Young running the offense.



In other Eagles news, Andy Reid believes he's still the coach to lead Philadelphia.

"I am," Reid said when asked that question Monday.

Reid also said Juan Castillo would continue to call the defensive plays for the Eagles and that no change was coming on that end of things.

And DeSean Jackson is still a starting wide receiver, per Reid, who said the team addressed his status and laid it all on the table. That's a good thing, because several players, including Vick, lamented the loss of Jackson to the team's offense yesterday.

"Any time you don't have one of your premier players, one of your go-to guys, it does [hurt]," Vick said. "But we have to respect the decisions that were made. We wish it never had to come to that, but it is what it is and you still have to go out and win the football game."

To sum up: it's a complete and utter mess right now in Philadelphia and despite the Eagles not being mathematically eliminated yet, things don't appear poised to make a turn for the better.

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Posted on: September 27, 2011 12:38 pm
 

Report: Vick likely to start this week

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

It looks like we’ll get to play another exciting game of “How will Michael Vick get hurt this week?” this Sunday when the Eagles play the 49ers. That’s because according to the Philadelphia Inquirer, Vick -- dealing with a badly-bruised non-throwing hand -- is likely to suit up this weekend.

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This, of course, assumes that the swelling in Vick’s hand subsides and that he’s cleared by doctors. But already he’s shown he’s a quick healer, getting cleared to play last week despite suffering a nasty-looking concussion against the Falcons in Week 2.

Originally on Monday, we thought Vick had broken his hand, but it was later determined that a blood vessel made it look like he had a fracture on the X-ray and that his hand actually was just bruised.

If that swelling does not improve, either Mike Kakfa or Vince Young would play in Vick’s place.

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Posted on: September 26, 2011 1:34 pm
Edited on: September 26, 2011 1:40 pm
 

Week 3 NFL Live Chat: 2-3 pm ET Monday

Posted by Will Brinson

The NFL week isn't over, of course, but there was plenty of action Sunday, and a lot of spice on Monday morning, especially on the Michael Vick and Peyton Manning fronts.

In fact, Monday got so nuts that we decided to fire up a somewhat impromptu chat to break down the Manning and Vick situations and answer any other questions you might have. Let's get it on below, starting at 2 p.m. ET Monday.



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Posted on: September 26, 2011 12:15 pm
Edited on: September 27, 2011 8:50 am
 

Michael Vick injury is hand contusion, not break

Posted by Will Brinson

Well, here's something new: Michael Vick's broken right hand isn't actually broken and instead a misread X-ray. Also new: something is going OK for the Eagles.

Yesterday, we wrote that Vick left the game against New York with a broken hand. What actually happened, according to Andy Reid at his press conference Monday afternoon, is that a swollen blood vessel was sitting on top of the hand bone and made it appear as if Vick suffered a fracture.

"Blood vessel sitting over the bone, made it look like there's a fracture," Reid said.

That's why the Eagles believed Vick broke his hand, although there's no real explanation for where the report on Monday morning about Vick missing three to four weeks with a broken hand came from.

It's tremendous news for Philadelphia, because it means that Vick, despite suffering a concussion in Week 2, should be OK to return as soon as this week, though it's possible that the contusion causes him to miss time if the swelling in his hand doesn't subside.

But as Clark Judge pointed out on Sunday night, losing Vick is the least of Philly's problems. They have a nightmare in terms of offensive line issues, and it's become quite obvious that all the free-agent signings in the world can't mask the defensive problems they have at linebacker and safety.

Also not helping? The Eagles upcoming three-game stretch -- versus the 49ers, at the Bills and at the Redskins -- went from "cakewalk" to "toughest stretch of their season" faster than Philly's offensive line can give up a quarterback pressure.


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Posted on: September 26, 2011 11:13 am
 

Report: Vick will miss 3-4 weeks with broken hand

Posted by Will Brinson


The Giants didn't just beat the Eagles badly on Sunday. (Though they did do that.) They may have also put the Eagles "dream" season at risk, by breaking Michael Vick's right hand and sending him to the bench earlier than he expected.

As I said yesterday, the good news is that Vick's right hand is broken. But it may not matter that much -- Howard Eskin of WIP radio in Philadelphia reported Sunday night that Vick will miss at least three to four weeks because of the hand injury.

That timeline seems logical, but we won't know for sure until Vick undergoes a CT scan on Monday. If he does miss significant time, his ref-blaming quotes from Sunday will reverberate even louder this week.

"I felt I got hit late. No flag," Vick said Sunday. "At some point something catastrophic is gonna happen. Not to blame the refs, but more precautions should be taken. I'm on the ground all the time in the pocket."

Vick's been pressured an average of more than 10 times per game this season, but has received only one roughing the passer call this season.

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Posted on: September 25, 2011 3:51 pm
Edited on: September 25, 2011 3:58 pm
 

Michael Vick leaves game with broken right hand

Michael Vick breaks his hand against the Giants Sunday. (AP)

Posted by Will Brinson

Here's the good news -- Michael Vick's right hand is broken. The bad news, of course, is that he has a broken hand. The Eagles quarterback suffered the injury in Philadelphia and was replaced by backup Mike Kafka.

Kafka's first pass was, unfortunately, an interception. And given the state of the game -- the Eagles are struggling mightily in the red zone, Vick looked horribly inaccurate to begin with, and the Giants are, you know, winning -- this is horrible news for Eagles fans.

And the Eagles -- this is the second-straight game that Vick's left because of injury, which would be considered fluky except the biggest knock on Vick is that it's difficult to stay healthy playing the way he plays.

Exacerbating that fact is the Eagles porous offensive line which has been heavily exposed by a ferocious Giants front four.

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