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Michael Vick rips into refs after broken hand vs. Giants

Michael Vick(notes) sat on the bench as his Eagles were locked in a competitive game with the New York Giants. According to Fox's Daryl "Moose" Johnston, Vick's right (non-throwing) hand is broken.

Mike Kafka(notes) replaced Vick in the game, despite Vince Young(notes) being dressed this week, too.

This isn't what Vick needed. He struggled to get ready this week with a concussion, and while that condition doesn't appear to be aggravated, he doesn't need the additional troubles of a broken hand.

Vick was battered throughout the game, and he's been frustrated since last year that the referee protections extended to quarterbacks like Tom Brady(notes), Peyton Manning(notes) and Ben Roethlisberger(notes) aren't extended to him. Basically, the refs see Vick as a runner sooner than those other quarterbacks, hits on him aren't as easily flagged, and it's generally open season on the Eagles quarterback.

In his postgame press conference, Vick let the zebras have it.

"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.

"Looking at the replays, I'm on the ground every time, and I'd be lying if I said I wasn't frustrated," Vick continued. "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."

Eagles head coach Andy Reid addressed the sitution last season.

"It bothers me, to be honest with you," Reid said last December. "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. That's not what the rules state."

Again, it's his non-throwing hand. That's the good news. The bad news is that the Eagles' offensive line performed Sunday like uniformed pylons, and Vick spent much of the game trying to keep New York Giants from swallowing him whole. If it wasn't the hand, sooner or later, it was going to be something.

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