“He is the quarterback, yeah,” said Andy Reid. “But he’s hurt right now so I’ve gotta just see how he’s doing. Let’s take a little consideration for Michael here.”
Vick sustained a concussion and an eye injury early in the second quarter. On 3rd-and-2 from the Philadelphia 37, Ernie Sims came loose on a blitz and hit Vick as he threw. The pass sailed high on what would have been a big gain for LeSean McCoy down the left sideline. Sims helped Vick to his feet, and the offense jogged off the field.
Moments later, Vick was heading inside flanked by members of the training staff. He was 6-of-9 for 70 yards with a touchdown when he left.
“He has a concussion,” said Reid, “but the severity of it we’ve got to see.”
Vick was seen walking through the locker room alongside trainer Rick Burkholder after the game and appeared woozy as he made his way into the corridor.
Nick Foles took Vick’s place under center. Foles ended 22-of-32 for 220 yards with a touchdown and an interception, good for a 85.4 quarterback rating. He also lost a fumble that resulted in a Dallas touchdown at the end of the game.
“I thought he handled himself well,” said Reid of Foles. “He saw things, and he made some great checks in there. For a guy that hasn’t taken the reps with the first group, I thought he did some nice things. As far as managing the game, it looked like he went to the right place with the ball when he had pressure. There were some positives there.”
The Eagles have now dropped five straight and sit at the bottom of the division at 3-6. With the season all but lost, the organization must decide if they want to see more of Foles to help clear up the quarterback situation moving forward, or if they should ride the rest of the season out with the veteran.
For now, Vick’s health is the priority. And on this night, Reid said he was sticking by the QB.
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