Vick Leaves With Leg Injury

vick092913_540Michael Vick was taken out of the game in the closing moments of the first half with a left hamstring injury. His return is questionable.

With about five minutes remaining in the second quarter, Vick was flushed out to his left and broke off a 13-yard run. The 33-year-old grabbed the back of his leg in the hamstring area after going out of bounds. He stayed in the game and completed the series, which resulted in a 29-yard Alex Henery field goal.

Vick had the left leg looked at by doctors on the sideline and made a quick trip to the trainers table, but re-took the field when the Eagles got the ball back. He was hit in the end zone on first down by Jason Pierre-Paul. The coaches decided to take Vick out at that point and replaced him with Nick Foles, who drove the team down the field to set up another Henery field goal before the break.

Linebacker Connor Barwin also exited with a leg injury. He was sent to the locker room for x-rays but returned in the second half.

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  • kstagg

    Not even 6 games. Predictable.

  • Max Lightfoot

    I thought he would be out by Game 6, myself. I love Michael but he is injury prone, alas. Hopefully he gets out there next week – maybe it’s just a pull and not a tear – not that a hamstring pull isn’t incredibly painful. We still need Michael this year!

  • Johnny Domino

    They beat one of the worst teams in the league without Vick, and play another one next week. No need to hurry back.

  • morgan c

    I have been careful to reserve judgment about the QB situation until now. Full disclosure: last year and in the off-season, I, like a lot of fans and readers of this blog, was behind going with Foles as Vick’s play the last two years was just too terrible. However, when Chip came in, and from all the pre-season games and Vick hype, I was back on board. I never expected him to go back to a Pro Bowl caliber QB, but I figured it was possible that he’d improve dramatically upon the last two years, and prove to be the right guy for Kelly’s system, at least for this year.

    He was good in the first two games, and atrocious against KC, mediocre against Denver, and terrible in the first half today. He made one big throw to DJax that should have been picked off. He had 0 completions in the first quarter, and there were multiple times he just held the ball too long and didn’t make the easy simple plays that were there. That last point is the consistent theme with him, and it just cannot be allowed to continue. I’m sure Sheil will point to some All-22 showing this, but anyone who watched the game knows what I’m talking about. McCoy or a TE would be wide open 5 yards from the line of scrimmage, and he just hangs on hoping for something better that rarely materialized. Yes, he is a great runner and made some big plays today, but at the end of the day, that’s what he is: a running threat who makes more plays with his legs than he can with his arm and mind.

    Foles missed some throws, and is not as dynamic as Vick, but he is a more functionally proficient quarterback already. The offense isn’t as wildly inconsistent, and doesn’t bog down for quarters at a time, the way it does with Vick. If he keeps the ball just once or twice, even he can pick up 4 or 5 yards if defenders sell out to stop McCoy. No, he isn’t a threat, but with the occasional keep, and perhaps mixing in some more traditional hand-offs, I believe we will in the end be a more consistent offense. The point is, the time has come. It would be easier to say this if it wasn’t clear that we will still have a mathematical shot at the playoffs into December due to the weakness of our division, but I honestly believe that even still, Foles gives us a better chance to win now. I don’t hate Vick or anything, he was a great competitor. But he’s simply not a good NFL quarterback, and he holds the team back as much as he helps them. Time to see what Nick has, for real.

    • airgreen7

      I know what you are saying, and it is hard to argue. But the point that you yourself made is the reason why Vick is the starter and not Foles. Vick is a dual threat, Foles is not. McCoy wasn’t great with Vick in, but he was down right dismal when Foles was. Vick has to have that extra man in the box just to account for him. Both quarterbacks have their pluses and minuses. I believe that Foles sees the field better and makes better decisions with the ball. I also believe that the team as a whole plays better with Foles in because they believe that they have to help him win. I think that the team has too much faith in Vick to pull them out of any situation. They believe that they can win in any situation with Vick, so they don’t play to their full potential. It was like night and day when they switched QB’s.