Michael Vick Leaves Game with Concussion, Eagles Backup QB Nick Foles Unimpressive in Debut

By Joe Doris
Jennifer Stewart-US Presswire

Philadelphia Eagles’ QB Michael Vick did not even make it to half-time on Sunday against the Dallas Cowboys, as he exited the game in the second quarter with a concussion.

Vick was banged up when his head smacked against the turf with great force after a couple of take-downs by Cowboys’ defenders. Vick was initially shaken after being tackled from behind on a short scramble up the middle when his head smashed into the ground, and skidded against the turf upon impact.

The Eagles’ starting QB was knocked out of the contest for good after he was pushed to the ground by Cowboys’ LB Ernie Sims after an incomplete pass attempt to RB LeSean McCoy. Vick’s head again cracked against the carpet as he fell backwards following the seemingly gentle shove.

Vick was off to a very solid start against the Cowboys, as he was 6 for 9 passing with 70 yards and touchdown, while also tallying 7 yards on 3 rushes before being knocked out.

An eye injury was also attributed to Vick’s injury report, and he is questionable to play next week against the Washington Redskins in Week 11.

The much anticipated NFL regular season debut of rookie QB Nick Foles was not pretty, as the backup committed two turnovers that were both returned for touchdowns in the fourth quarter. Foles first threw a pick-six to Cowboys’ CB Brandon Carr early in the fourth, and the Cowboys then sealed the victory after Foles fumbled and the ball was recovered in the end-zone by DE Jason Hatcher.

Foles was not by any means terrible, as he completed 22 of 32 passes for 219 yards and a touchdown. It was just that the turnovers proved to be incredibly costly.

And no matter what stats Vick put up all season, the only thing anybody looked at was his turnover tally. So in fairness, Foles receives a failing grade for this performance in my opinion.

It is not yet known what this injury means for Vick’s future with the Eagles, even though head coach Andy Reid again acknowledged that Vick is his starting quarterback if healthy. But at 3-6, the birds hopes of making the playoffs are all but over, and Vick’s tenure in Philly could be finished as well.

Reid now has to decide between giving Vick one last hurrah in an Eagles’ uniform, or giving Foles a chance to prove his worth in this grossly disappointing 2012 campaign.


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