Michael Vick was spitting up blood and walking off the field the last time fantasy football owners saw him. And that's not good.
The Eagles electrifying quarterback, and very high draft pick in fantasy football leagues injured his neck in yesterday's loss to the Atlanta Falcons on a weird play where he was whipped around and knocked helmets with his own offensive lineman. On the play Vick bit his tongue and had to be helped off the field as he was seen spitting blood onto the turf.
Apparently the blood is only from his tongue and not from anything more serious. But he also suffered a concussion on the play, leaving his availability for next week's game against the New York Giants up in the air.
What's so ironic about this injury is that it didn't happen on one of Vick's trademark scrambles or one of his superhuman athletic moves. Instead of getting hit by a charging linebacker, he took this hit from his own teammate.
And this is what we all knew would happen to Vick. He's a small guy who throws his body around more than any other NFL quarterback (or NFL running back for that matter) who's playing behind a questionable offensive line. This was bound to happen. And yet, fantasy football sites (except ours) had him ranked as either the first or second quarterback overall behind Aaron Rodgers. We had him ranked sixth for this very reason. If we're going to have to spend a late first or second round pick ona guy, we'd rather go with the one that has a better chance of staying on the field and playing all 16 games, than the one who's missed games in nearly every season of his career (and that's not counting the ones he missed for dog fighting.)
Everyone knew Vick was going to get injured at some point this season. It was just a matter of when and for how long. More information will be available later today, but we've seen how concussions have affected players lok Austin Collie, Ben Roethlisberger, the NHL's Sidney Crosby, MLB's Justin Morneau and countless other athletes in recent years.
If we've learned anything from the scariness of concussions, it's that Vick could be out for the rest of the season. He's almost assuredly out for their home opener, but time will tell how much longer he's out.
For all you fantasy players out there who owned Vick, you may want to scour the waiver wire this week for a replacement. It could be a very long season.