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Philadelphia Eagles QB Michael Vick Knocked Out of Preseason Game With Apparent Rib Injury

Stop me if you’ve heard this one before.

Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Michael Vick was knocked out of the team’s second preseason game against the New England Patriots with an apparent rib injury.

The hit occurred with six minutes left in the first quarter when linebacker/defensive end Jermaine Cunningham easily beat left guard Evan Mathis.

Vick scrambled around in the pocket and then unleashed a monster deep pass intended for wide receiver DeSean Jackson. The ball fell in complete and Vick was drilled by Cunningham in the midsection.

He was slow to get up and after he did get up, he kneeled back to the ground.

The Eagles replaced Vick with rookie quarterback Nick Foles, who was tremendous against the Pittsburgh Steelers in their first preseason game.

Vick also left the first preseason game against the Steelers with a thumb injury, which occurred on his fourth dropback. His thumb was badly bruised but not broken. His injury this time occurred on his fifth dropback.

That means that Vick has been injured and had to leave the game on two of his nine dropbacks. Let me remind you that this is preseason football where teams do not try their hardest.

Vick walked to the locker room under his own power. He will be evaluated by team doctors. The hit does not look good. It is too early to make any predictions, but if I had to guess, I would guess that Vick suffered some bruised ribs, not broken ribs.

Regardless, this is not the kind of game the Eagles wanted from Vick against the Patriots. Vick was planning to play into the third quarter and this was supposed to be a true test for the Eagles’ offense against the best team in the league.

This article was written by Bryn Swartz, the top writer for the Philadelphia Eagles and a featured NFL columnist on Rant Sports. Bryn has written more than 1000 articles in less than two years as a member of Rant Sports. His blog, Eagles Central, was named the 2010 Ballhyped Sports Blog of the Year. To read a portfolio of Bryn’s best work, click here.