Mon Sep 26 09:19am EDT
Howard Eskin of Philadelphia's NBC 10 was the first to report Monday morning that Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Michael Vick(notes) could miss at least 3-4 weeks after suffering a broken right (non-throwing) hand in the Eagles' 29-16 Sunday loss to the New York Giants.
In his Monday press conference, Eagles head coach Andy Reid refuted that claim, saying that Vick had a "Blood vessel sitting over the bone, [which] made it look like there's a fracture." Basically, a contusion instead of a fracture, which obviously changes the medical picture.
When asked whether Vick might be able to play against the San Francisco 49ers next Sunday at Lincoln Financial Field, Reid said that it was a possibility. "We'll see how he does over the next couple days ... if he feels comfortable ... it's gotta be where he can bend his hand [and] work with it."
Vick was injured in the third quarter on a hit from defensive end Chris Canty(notes) that has caused some controversy because of Vick's statement that he's not getting the same calls other quarterbacks get when he's hit in the pocket. Vick had just completed a 23-yard pass to Jeremy Maclin(notes), and he injured his hand while trying to break his fall.
It appeared that Canty hit Vick incidentally near the facemask with his helmet — at the very least, we can say that we've seen flags for unnecessary roughness on defenders who have done less to quarterbacks. And that's the main point of what Vick said at his postgame press conference — that because he's a runner out of the pocket, the refs aren't calling the hits on him the same way when he is playing like a more traditional quarterback.
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"I was trying to protect myself," Vick said. "Still didn't get a flag and that's pretty much been the story for the last three weeks. I mean, obviously at some point, something catastrophic is going to happen and I broke my hand. Not to blame the refs, or say that it was their fault … it's just one of those unfortunate situations, and I just think that more precautions should be taken when I'm inside the pocket.
"Looking at the replays, I'm on the ground every time, and I'd be lying if I said I wasn't frustrated. The refs have got to do their jobs. And I mentioned it to the refs in training camp when I talked to them. I'm on the ground constantly, all the time. Every time I throw the ball, I'm on the ground. And I don't know why I don't get the 15-yard flags like everybody else does."
Last December, Reid wondered the same thing — why was his quarterback getting pummeled with questionable hits with no flags as the result, when other quarterbacks were not?
"It bothers me, to be honest with you," Reid said at the time. "That bothers me. I see the same thing you're seeing and it bothers me. He does run, but he's still the quarterback and you can't treat him like he's a running back there [in the pocket]. That's not what the rules state."
The Eagles lost that game as well, by a 35-31 score. The franchise that backup quarterback Vince Young(notes) once called a "Dream Team" because of its many free-agent acquisitions in the offseason is now 1-2, and in last place in the NFC East.
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