Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Michael Vick is having yet another season where he will miss at least one game as he might be out in Week 6 against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers with a hamstring injury. The wear and tear on him brings retirement into the question. How long can Vick continue to play hurt? At the end of the day, he is hurting the Eagles as well as himself since he is not a reliable quarterback health-wise.
If Vick can’t go, backup quarterback Nick Foles will take his place. Vick is still practicing, but seems to feel better as the days go on. That said, his days as an Eagles sure does feel like it will come to an end soon.
How many times can a team go through this? Vick has missed at least one game in 10 out of his 11 years as a pro. Every year, we talk about the potential he has and how he will make the next step as an elite quarterback, but part of being an elite quarterback is being available. Vick just isn’t that guy.
Is it all his fault? No. Over the years, he has always had shaky offensive lines which makes him run more than he should. You have to wonder how long the Eagles intend on going this route. The Eagles have a new coach in Chip Kelly, and I’m sure he is looking for a quarterback who will be his guy going forward for the long term. I can’t see any team in the league staying with Vick for a long time.
It is really unfortunate because Vick is an exciting player, and he will be remembered whenever he decides to hang it up. It seems like that time is coming sooner rather than later, as I don’t see another NFL team committing a lot of money to an injury-prone player who is in the November of his career. I also don’t see Vick accepting being a backup in this league.
This might be Vick’s last opportunity to be a franchise quarterback. If it doesn’t work out with the Eagles, he may have just run out of options.