Michael Vick is having a long season. And we're only in the third week of the NFL year.
After getting knocked out of last week's game with a concussion (where he was spitting up blood), Vick was knocked out of this week's game with a broken right hand. Lucky for Vick, he's left handed, but quarterback's non-throwing hands are an important part of their play.
VIck broke his hand after taking a crushing blow from the Giants' defensive tackle Chris Canty.
Vick's status is uncertain for week 4. After breaking his hand, Mike Kafka came into the game and Vick was seen in considerable pain on the sideline. The hit occurred in the third quarter. He left the game, then returned in the fourth only to leave the game for good.
Oh, and to make matter worse for Eagles' fans, they lost to the Giants (a team that has looked terrible the first two weeks of the season) at home, 29-16.
The Eagles' offensive line has been an issue for Vick all season, and his concussion and broken hand are direct results of getting drilled over and over again. If Vick continues to get beat up, he's not going to be on the field for much more of the season.
Vick is not a big quarterback. He's not Ben Roethlisberger or Matt Ryan. He's a slight guy and these beatings are going to take a serious toll not only on his season, but on his career if this keeps up. He's been hit more than most running backs this season.
It would be interesting to be a fly on the wall during Andy Reid's offensive meetings and see if the Eagles wish they would've put their money on Kevin Kolb instead of the injury-prone Vick. A well-known fact about Vick is that he's only played one 16-game season. Every other season he's missed game. And this season looks like history will repeat itself.
If the Eagles want to be the Dream Team they appeared to be, they need Michael Vick in their lineup. Instead of signing Nnamdi Asomugha, and piling up a ton of defensive back's they should've put some of that money towards an extra offensive lineman to keep Vick safe and sound.
Offensive lines can gel over the course of the season, but they need to get on the same page sooner rather than later. If they wait too long, Vick could be on the IR before they have a chance to make a playoff run.
Check back for updates on Vick's situation. I'm sure he'll be having an MRI on his hand tomorrow. But the way Vick plays football, I'm sure a broken right hand will have a huge affect on his game. Will he be able to fly around the field with a busted wing? Time (and MRI's) will tell.