A city collectively held its breath as Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Michael Vick was knocked out of the game against the New England Patriots following a shot to his ribs from defensive end/linebacker Jermaine Cunningham in the first quarter.
Vick went to the locker room, walking there under his own power. He appeared to have suffered a rib injury.
But x-rays on Vick’s ribs came back negative, meaning the 32-year old quarterback did not break any ribs.
That is the biggest fear for a Philadelphia Eagles team that has the potential to be very dominant this season but desperately needs it franchise quarterback to remain healthy.
So far, it has been an epic fail for the Eagles’ quarterback, who has played in two preseason games and been knocked out of both of them with injuries.
Against the Pittsburgh Steelers in the Eagles’ first preseason game, Vick suffered a hand injury that ended his night. But x-rays came back negative and it was revealed that he had just suffered a badly bruised throwing hand.
Now it’s unknown the exact extent of Vick’s injury against the Patriots but the best thing is that he did not break his ribs. No matter how severe the injury is, he should be fine for the start of the regular season, which begins in 20 days.
The Eagles are currently tied 14-14 with the New England Patriots in the second quarter. Rookie quarterback Nick Foles has taken over for Philadelphia in Vick’s absence, and a pair of turnovers and short scoring drives have helped the Eagles overcome an early 11-0 deficit.
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.