Michael Vick's broken ribs have ruled him out of Sunday's game against the Giants. Vick will be replaced at quarterback with Vince Young.
And if the Eagles lose this Sunday, should the oft-injured and fragile Vick play another down this year? Philadelphia's record currently stands at a meager 3-6. Their playoff hopes are already extremely dim. But another loss seals their fate and all but mathmatically eliminates them from any hope of making the postseason.
So why play Vick another down? He'll be a game-time decision for next week's game against the Patriots. And even if he plays, he'll be even more fragile than he is now because his ribs still won't be 100% by then.
With Vince Young serving as a well-paid back-up, it makes sense that the Eagles should keep their most valuable commodity on the shelf, away from the possibility of concussions, broken bones and sprained MCLs, and let VY take the reigns--and the beatings--of the Eagles' quarterback position.
What good does it do to put Vick back out on the field? If you concede that Vick is the most important player on Philly's team, (and only LeSean McCoy could be in that conversation) the upside just isn't there.
The best that could happen, is Vick comes back and leads the Eagles to a string of late-season wins and Philadelphia finishes somewhere around the .500 mark.
But they still miss the playoffs. That might mean something to the Cleveland Browns. But the Eagles set the bar a bit higher and the only thing you win with that plan is an even worse pick int he NFL draft.
The downside is that Vick, given the way he throws his body around, refuses to go down, and takes a beating on seemingly every play, gets seriously injured. A torn MCL takes a long time to heal, and an injury like that would affect his game even more than the classic pocket passers.
It goes against the mentality of football players, but football player's don't always use logic and reasoning.
If you're an Eagles fan who's more interested in the big picture then you realize that this is a lost season. The Dream Team didn't work. It happens. Chalk it up to a learning experience and call it a day. But putting Vick back on the field for meaningless games can only make this bad season worse.
What's more important to Eagles fans? Winning nothing now, or still having a chance to win it all next year?