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X-rays on Vick’s ribs show no fracture

Patriots linebacker Jermaine Cunningham sacks Eagles quarterback Michael Vick during the first quarter of their preseason NFL football game in Foxborough Reuters

The Eagles got their second scare in as many weeks from quarterback Michael Vick when he left their game with the Patriots in the first quarter after taking a shot from linebacker Jermaine Cunningham.

Vick went to the locker room for x-rays on his ribs, a painful reminder of last season’s broken ribs that cost Vick three games. It turned out not to be a repeat of that injury as the team announced that x-rays were negative for a fracture.

X-rays on Vick’s thumb were also negative last week and the successive injuries make it hard to imagine that Andy Reid is going to keep risking his starting quarterback in the preseason. Whenever Vick plays again, it will help him stay in games if he makes smarter decisions than he made on Monday night.

The play that caused his exit started to go wrong when Kyle Love overwhelmed the middle of the Patriots line and came charging into the backfield. Vick dropped further back to avoid Love and then rolled to his right a bit, putting himself directly in Cunningham’s path as he threw the ball away down the field and took a shot to the ribs. Vick needs to either step up into the pocket or get himself or the ball out of danger more quickly in such situations.

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43 Responses to “X-rays on Vick’s ribs show no fracture”
  1. gammynomnom says: Aug 20, 2012 9:30 PM

    Had they bothered to look behind those ribs they would have also seen no heart and no backbone.

  2. rayvens says: Aug 20, 2012 9:30 PM

    Bigger problem for the Eagles….they are being shutout by the Patriots backups!

  3. scubasteve12 says: Aug 20, 2012 9:30 PM

    Hey eagles I hear the Cards are willing to trade kolb back for just your 1st and 2nd. chances are slightly higher kolb will last the entire season. but hey you eagles need every chance you can get

  4. jamarcuslives says: Aug 20, 2012 9:31 PM

    Ummm, how was he supposed to step up into the pocket when Evan Mathis got used by the DT? He did exactly what he should have done, spin away and reset his launch point.

  5. flavordave says: Aug 20, 2012 9:31 PM

    He just isnt big and durable enough to take the hits he takes. At this point in his career he will never learn to deliver a quick release that will avoid those hits. Hes good for probably 10 games a year..

  6. dequan81 says: Aug 20, 2012 9:31 PM

    Second time this preseason he left the game for x-rays for them to come back negative. I saw the hit, didn’t see it being that bad. If he can’t survive preseason, how will he get through the regular season?

  7. djspman says: Aug 20, 2012 9:32 PM

    holly Crap, stop the press….. Vick is not only a weak injury pron ass clown, but he is a great actor when faking injuries

  8. turk2875 says: Aug 20, 2012 9:33 PM

    My heart can’t handle this any more, at least Foles has looked good for his inevitable 3 or 4 games he’s gonna play this season.

  9. dallassux says: Aug 20, 2012 9:34 PM

    Meanwhile Foles looks good

  10. jpiro says: Aug 20, 2012 9:34 PM

    The X-Rays also showed no backbone. Go figure.

  11. bennyb82 says: Aug 20, 2012 9:34 PM

    What about the x ray on his vagina?

  12. kingcarlbanks says: Aug 20, 2012 9:35 PM

    Vick isn’t going to make it 16 games this season, its time for the Foles era to begin.

  13. vergaking82 says: Aug 20, 2012 9:36 PM

    Everytime this guy drops back to pass or run I hold my breath it’s ridiculous!!! This guy is just too fragile!!

  14. gibbs4prez says: Aug 20, 2012 9:37 PM

    Good thing!! Wouldn’t wish injury on anyone. Great news!! Now there will be any excuses when we sweep them this year. HAIL!!!
    [__]
    Eagles Trophy Case.
    Still empty!!!

  15. skoobyfl says: Aug 20, 2012 9:38 PM

    Dodging bullets.

  16. gibbs4prez says: Aug 20, 2012 9:38 PM

    Won’t be

  17. flyeredup says: Aug 20, 2012 9:39 PM

    Andy Reid is an idiot. Quit forcing him to play as a pocket passer. Let him roll out Andy.

  18. stonecoldsays says: Aug 20, 2012 9:39 PM

    Nobody should compare this quitter Vick to a superior talent like RGIII. If you do, you have ZERO football knowledge. Philadelphia deserves to have that fragile, quitter Vick as it’s QB and that’s the bottom line Cause Stone Cold said so!!

  19. staffordsyear says: Aug 20, 2012 9:41 PM

    Man,he should know better by now..just get rid of the ball!.If i was an eagles fan i would be biting my knuckles on every snap he gets.

  20. eaglesfan036 says: Aug 20, 2012 9:42 PM

    Watching that play live, Vick made himself completely vulnerable. Just run to the sidelines and throw it out of bounds or something. It’s just preseason.

  21. southridge23 says: Aug 20, 2012 9:42 PM

    (full disclosure: I have not seen the play)…but…charging the middle of the line and into the backfield doesn’t sound like a conducive area to step up into the pocket..

    Im yhinking Vick is a little more in tune with evading defenders than a blogger arm-chair qb…

  22. rg3enoughsaid says: Aug 20, 2012 9:44 PM

    Orakpo is gettin in them ribs here soon son!
    HTTR

  23. gogiantsfan says: Aug 20, 2012 9:44 PM

    5 over/under on # games Vick will miss this season…

  24. giantsmetsfan says: Aug 20, 2012 9:46 PM

    This is really upsetting. I was hoping that he would be out for the season.

  25. muir6 says: Aug 20, 2012 9:52 PM

    Giants D line liken their chops

  26. lilrob10201 says: Aug 20, 2012 9:52 PM

    I think Vick is not fighting and trying to play it safe out there.

  27. sb50 says: Aug 20, 2012 9:55 PM

    ugh the problem is, is that vick needs to stop going backwards. its not the fact that he takes a hit its the fact that he just keeps running back and doesnt get rid of the football because once he throws that football at the last second, he exposes his ribs right at the point of releasing it.

    Get rid of the football and stop running around.

  28. skinsfan2 says: Aug 20, 2012 9:55 PM

    Vick not making smart decisions? Say it ain’t so! Although in his defense, how is he supposed to step up in the pocket, as Alper suggests, when it’s been completely “overwhelmed”?

    And is it just me or does it seem like offensive line issues are a league-wide problem?

  29. professorskittles says: Aug 20, 2012 9:57 PM

    This guy needs a Personal Vick Protector.

  30. mittywalter says: Aug 20, 2012 10:01 PM

    TAKE KOLB BACK PLEASE!

  31. infectorman says: Aug 20, 2012 10:02 PM

    GlassMan
    1000-1 he makes it thru another NFL Season

  32. baddegg says: Aug 20, 2012 10:02 PM

    I guess that means he can come back and get injured in the 3rd preseason game.

  33. brintfatre says: Aug 20, 2012 10:03 PM

    He’ll keep trying, though, until he can get a positive test on something so he can sit out the rest of the season.

  34. bigblueelite says: Aug 20, 2012 10:15 PM

    This is great news!

    I want the dog killer healthy enough for the Giants to put him down for the count. Go Blue!

  35. cleminem757 says: Aug 20, 2012 10:15 PM

    FRAH-GEE-LAY. Must be Italian!!

  36. sfm073 says: Aug 20, 2012 10:18 PM

    He must be Italian bc he is fragile.

  37. tdshouldbeinthehall says: Aug 20, 2012 10:18 PM

    So love overwhelmed the middle of the line and you say that Vick needs to step up in the pocket. Thank god your not his QB coach.

  38. ravenmuscle says: Aug 20, 2012 10:19 PM

    Poor Michael just doesn’t know how to avoid big hits. Since pass rushers can’t go for the head or knees the only place left are the ribs..sooo…either throw the ball out of bounds or get down. If you hang in there to throw that pass its not too smart.

  39. 12thmanhawks says: Aug 20, 2012 10:20 PM

    Wow just wow ….. Why did I ever drafted you 2nd rd. why? Arghhhh

  40. nomoreseasontix says: Aug 20, 2012 10:23 PM

    It wasn’t his ribs, his panties were riding up on him.
    Very uncomfortable….

  41. b3nz0z says: Aug 20, 2012 10:24 PM

    who cares, we have foles

  42. ravenseattheirownpoop says: Aug 20, 2012 10:33 PM

    Vick is soft

  43. cleverbob says: Aug 21, 2012 7:51 AM

    Reid needs to call more sprint outs and 3 step drops to try and limit the big hits. Vick needs to get rid of the damn ball. Foles needs to be ready for an NFL baptism by fire…

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