When did Michael Vick break his ribs?
Does it even matter?
If you want to know if Vick’s well-below average outing Sunday against the Cardinals was because he broke two ribs on the second play of the game or because he was simply bad then it does matter. Vick did not tell the Eagles about the injury until Monday morning.
Eagles coach Andy Reid said Monday and reiterated again on Wednesday that Vick broke his ribs when Arizona linebacker Daryl Washington hit the quarterback on his left side just after he threw a pass on the Eagles’ second play from scrimmage. Vick did not leave the game and played every offensive snap for the next three quarters.
However, in the fourth quarter as he scrambled Vick was hit on the lower left region of his back -- the direct spot he located the broken ribs to reporters on Monday -- by linebacker Paris Lenon. Vick did not get up for some time, but eventually walked off on his own. He missed the next play – Vince Young took over – but Vick returned for the Eagles’ next series and finished the game.
During a spot on 94.1-WIP the other day and again on Wednesday at the NovaCare Complex, Eagles running back LeSean McCoy said that he thought the injury occurred on the fourth quarter play. After he was told that Reid said it happened on the second play, McCoy deferred to this head coach.
Reid, on Wednesday, was asked about the discrepancy and how he knew Vick broke his ribs on the second play.
“Mike told us after the game,” Reid said.
How would Vick know if he broke his ribs then?
“He doesn’t have x-ray vision,” Reid said. “He was sore, I guess. I’m not sure anybody knew. He didn’t tell anybody, so he just played.”
Reid was then asked about the fourth quarter hit and whether that could have been the blow that broke Vick’s ribs.
“When I walked out, he was down, he told me that he had the wind knocked out of him,” Reid said. “That’s what he said. He didn’t say anything about ribs or anything else, he said he had the wind knocked out of him. When he was out there he sounded like he had the wind knocked out of him.”
But it still could have broken his ribs, right?
“Whatever you want to write, you write,” Reid said. “I told you the second play of game, what more do you want him to do? This isn’t the game of ‘Clue,’ you know, I’m telling you the second play of the game.”
Vick had his worst game as an Eagle. He completed just 16 of 34 passes for 128 yards and did not throw a touchdown. He did toss two interceptions and finished with a 32.5 passer rating.
Vick did not practice Wednesday and his availability for Sunday’s game against the New York Giants is up in the air. The 3-6 Eagles obviously need a victory. Vince Young will likely be his replacement if he can’t go.
“If Michael has an opportunity to play then Michael will play, and then we go from there,” Reid said.
Reid said that third stringer Mike Kafka would take some reps during Wednesday’s practice.