Only time will tell when Michael Vick’s injury will allow him to return to the field at full strength, but how the Philadelphia Eagles play over that period of time may determine if he’s played his last game in Eagles’ green. After giving it a go in a disastrous first quarter against the New York Giants, Vick reinjured his hamstring and was forced out of the game. Vick wasn’t the only loss on the day as the Eagles fell to the Giants, as well.
Chances are that regardless of what the remainder of the season brings, Vick will not be brought back next season. Another year of age on an already beat-up body, along with the injury woes that have taken their toll this year on the Eagles season and it just wouldn’t be a good business decision. That leaves just eight games in any chance for a return.
It would seem very evident that if Philadelphia is out of the playoff race when Vick is available again to take the field, he would most likely be sidelined in favor of one of his younger counterparts who can gain experience at a time when it doesn’t really matter. Nick Foles has had plenty of time behind center during regular season NFL action, and it’s still yet to be seen what he can do consistently. Matt Barkley on the other hand has seen his only action in the past two weeks where the starter, either Foles or Vick, was sidelined by injury and has yet to prove that he can cut it as a starter.
Although the season is half over, with a very weak NFC East division, the window is still open for the Eagles to gain ground. However, if they continue to drop winnable games and fall too far behind, chances are that we’ve seen the last of Vick in the City of Brotherly Love. The Eagles will finish the season with someone else behind center and look to the draft to find the quarterback of the future, for which Chip Kelly is already searching.