Vick’s status raises plenty of questions

Earlier this year, Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo broke a rib, left the game, returned to the game, and pulled out a come-from-behind victory in overtime, giving the 49ers their only loss of the year.  After the game, reports surfaced that Romo suffered a punctured lung, too.  Despite those injuries, Romo didn’t miss a game, thanks in part to some potent pain mediation.

Last week, Eagles quarterback Mike Vick broke a rib on the second play of the game (if we believe Eagles coach Andy Reid), never left the game, apparently didn’t suffer a punctured lung, but won’t be playing on Sunday night against the Giants.

So why won’t Vick be playing?  The Eagles haven’t offered an explanation, and we don’t expect one.

That forces me to speculate as to the possible reasons.  (Well, it doesn’t force me to.  But I will anyway.)

First, it could be that the doctors fear that the rib will break off and puncture an organ.

Second, it could be that the pain is so intense that not even a shot to numb the area will make a difference.

Third, it could be that Vick simply can’t tolerate the pain.

Fourth, it could be that Vick doesn’t perform as well when he’s shot full of pain medication.

Fifth, it could be that coach Andy Reid didn’t want to put Vick at risk of further injury against a zealous and potent Giants’ defense.

Sixth, it could be that Reid senses there’s no way that the Eagles would win with an impaired Vick, so Reid is taking his chances with Vince Young.

Absent more information, there will be plenty of speculation that Vick simply isn’t as tough as Romo.  I don’t believe that — but others surely do, based simply on the fact that Romo played with broken ribs, and Vick didn’t.

47 responses to “Vick’s status raises plenty of questions

  1. Vick is fragile. He wil need to change his reckless playing style is he wants to stay in league much longer. He is not getting any younger and the body heals at a slower pace.

  2. or it could be that reid knows the season is over so he will rest his star and see what he has in the new guy

  3. “Absent more information, there will be plenty of speculation that Vick simply isn’t as tough as Romo. I don’t believe that”

    I believe it. Secretly you probably do as well. Vick has had a low pain threshold his entire career. There’s no reason to not believe he isn’t as tough as Romo.

  4. This is the only forum that I have heard ANY speculation about Vick vs Romo. Nice job as usual at blogging speculation. Yay internet

  5. So really . . . it could mean just about anything. Thanks Mike. j/k

    It sure looked like the injury was affecting Vick’s throws last weekend. Plus, Vick takes way more hits than Romo. You can’t trust Vick to get the ball out to avoid hits.

    Those are my best guesses.

  6. Vick is the toughest qb in the league – bar none.

    I’ve never seen a qb take, and play thru as much punishment other than maybe Troy Aikman.

    Whoever questions Vick’s toughness needs a CT scan.

  7. Seven – The Eagles aren’t winning anyway and Vick has played like poo the past 3 games in a row so at this point it cant hurt to try and shake things up a bit.

  8. The Eagles invested in a backup for their injury prone QB, whereas the Cowboys have not. Whether it “pays off” or not is a different story. I believe in a guy that wins games, whether it’s Vince Young or Tim Tebow. Even if you win ugly, it’s a win and damn it, Philly could use some more of those! #Eagles Die Hard

  9. How soon people forget. Remember when Romo broke his pinky and missed 4 weeks? And Brett Favre called him out on it? And everyone jumped to Romo’s defense? No? Let me refresh your memories…

    http://nbcsports.msnbc.com/id/27163397/

    He was called out CONSTANTLY over this. So now that Vick sits out ONE game over broken ribs (which McNabb missed 3 weeks over a few years ago), Vick isn’t tough and Romo is? C’mon now. You’re just piling on.

  10. Easy for those to speculate about pain tolerance when theyve never played sports and got hurt because of that,…dropping a word processor on your wingtips isnt quite the same. I just set you all strait.

  11. I’m sorry, but i really don’t buy that Romo had a punctured lung in that game! That’s not because I’m a niners fan but I just dont think it would be possible to run around a football field with one lung working!

  12. You also have to figure in where Vick’s injury is. He broke his lower ribs on his left side. It obviously affects the throwing muscles and having a QB play when he can’t throw just won’t work (not that VY can throw when he’s healthy anyways).

  13. First off, not all breaks are the same. It could be that Vick’s fracture is more severe than Romo’s was. Secondly, the Eagles are essentially out of the playoff picture so why risk an injury to you starting QB?

  14. <<>>

    You don’t believe that, but you’re going to write an entry that implies just that. Whatever, dude. This reminds me of the arguments a few years ago when people bashed Big Ben for not playing with a concussion, cause their QB had done it before.

    Every break isn’t the same. Every injury isn’t the same. To try and compare the two are ridiculous.

  15. Seventh, it’s an excuse to bench Vick based on recent performance in order to send a message to him about ball security without stirring up a media frenzy.

  16. First of all…if you break ribs, you are not going to just hop up off the ground…so it didn’t happen on the second play. Second, absent some craziness, thisseason is done for the Eagles so let’s talk about whether they are going to pay Jackson, or fire Reid.

  17. “(which McNabb missed 3 weeks over a few years ago)”
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    Well I guess Chunky Campbell’s soup can’t fix everything.

  18. Reid won’t play Vick because he is not playing well. Vick probably wants to play and feels that he can, but this is Andy’s way of saying we are going with someone else.

  19. Or it could be that hell be hit 50 times tonight with that o line and he runs around and gets hit even more

  20. Romo shouldn’t have played either. either you care about a player’s health or you do not. I guess these injuries don’t have a potent lobbying group.

  21. So you don’t think Vick pulling himself out of a game because of a bruise to his *non-throwing* hand matters?

  22. How soon people forget. Remember when Romo broke his pinky and missed 4 weeks?

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    Yeah.. because he couldn’t grip the ball, brainiac. It was on his throwing hand.

  23. daveyjones1 says: Nov 20, 2011 12:43 PM

    First off, not all breaks are the same.
    ======================================
    Got that right. Three Thanksgivings ago I had a ladder collapse under me, fell 10 feet and bounced off the aluminum ladder, breaking two ribs and bruising a lung and my liver. After twenty minutes on the ground I crawled to the house, couldn’t walk for four days, took six months to feel halfway normal.
    I have a lot of respect for these guys even if they are half my age and in better shape, don’t know how they do it.

  24. Or it could just be that a broken rib hurts like a mother! We all know constipation is no fun. Try squeezing one out with two cracked ribbs, it sucks!

  25. Vick’s status only raises questions like that if you don’t realize that the Eagles are already eliminated from the playoffs. The best record they can possibly achieve is 10-6, and even that is extremely unlikely to get them a wildcard berth because they’ve lost to 3 of the 4 teams leading in the hunt (CHI, NYG & ATL).

  26. Just face it ladies (eagles fans), Vick isn’t as good as Romo. Sorry to break it to you. If I had just spent a fortune on a fancy, new car I too would be trying to justify how great of a car it is even when the transmission breaks down. Dreeeaaaaaam Teeeeeaaaam.

  27. If Vick was playing, then you would have written an article about how the league should step in and rule players out for certain injuries so that the NFL can “protect the players from themselves”.

    No matter what happens, you write an article about how the opposite scenario WOULD have been the right way to go…

    Annoying.

  28. “The Eagles invested in a backup for their injury prone QB, whereas the Cowboys have not. Whether it “pays off” or not is a different story. I believe in a guy that wins games, whether it’s Vince Young or Tim Tebow. Even if you win ugly, it’s a win and damn it, Philly could use some more of those! #Eagles Die Hard”

    Jon Kitna went 5-1 last season with a craptacular defense before getting injured on Christmas Day. Your comment is ridiculously ignorant. #Eagles Just Suck.

  29. edhochuli says:Nov 20, 2011 2:28 PM

    Just face it ladies (eagles fans), Vick isn’t as good as Romo. Sorry to break it to you. If I had just spent a fortune on a fancy, new car I too would be trying to justify how great of a car it is even when the transmission breaks down. Dreeeaaaaaam Teeeeeaaaam.

    CMON MAN!!! Those steroids getting to your head Hochuli. Sure Vick is appearing overrated, but your going to back the QB who single handedly gives games to the other team on the final drive of games. Romo chokes so much Jerry Jones has a nurse around when he eats.

  30. Seventh: It could be that Vick isn’t really hurt that bad but quit on his team when the season didn’t go the way he wanted it to.

  31. If Vick really has a broken rib, I don’t see how anyone could question him. Broken ribs ‘effing hurt. A lot. I have no idea how you could throw a football with broken ribs. Do I like Vick? No. Do I kind of like when he gets hurt? Yes. My dog does too.

  32. Romo’s injury came when his toughness was being questioned and was a completely made up. Somehow he was healthy 3 days later? Astonishingly only Phil Simms called BS out if all the media.

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