Philadelphia Eagles: Preseason Rule Making QBs Off-Limits is Long Overdue

Adam MillerContributor IIIAugust 22, 2012

FOXBORO, MA - AUGUST 20:   Michael Vick #7 of the Philadelphia Eagles leaves the field after he was hit on a play in the first quarter against the New England Patriots during a preseason game at Gillette Stadium on August  20, 2012 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)
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Enough already.  

If they aren't going to get rid of the preseason, they should at least change the rules.

Michael Vick has struggled with injuries for the majority of his career.  While the ability to stay healthy is part of being a great athlete, obviously his unique style entails a higher risk of injury. 

Exhibition games are definitely not worth the risk.

American football is a contact sport that often results in injury.  It is has always been, and always will be, inevitable that players will get hurt. 

Sustaining an injury while laying it all on the line in a regular-season game that has playoff implications is one thing. 

But preseason?

It is absolutely ridiculous to possibly have the fortunes of your whole season take a turn for the worse because of an unfortunate blow to your signal-caller in a game that means nothing.

Most fans would agree that the quarterback position is the most important in sports. 

Outside of Trent Dilfer and the 2001 Baltimore Ravens, no modern team has won it all without an exceptional quarterback under center. 

If Michael Vick goes down, who do the Philadelphia Eagles have?  An unproven rookie in Nick Foles, Buffalo Bills castoff Trent Edwards and an injured Mike Kafka. 

Better hope No. 7 can stay off the sideline. 

While Vick's preseason injuries are not going to sideline him for the season, his banged-up ribs already make him more fragile and less injury-resistant.  However, Vick has firmly maintained he will be in the starting lineup, Week 1 against the Browns.

He has not always been that lucky.  

On August 25, 2003, Michael Vick broke his fibula in the first quarter of a preseason game and missed the first 11 games of the season. 

The Falcons finished a forgettable season out of the playoffs, and we were all robbed of the NFL’s most exciting star. 

Other notable quarterback preseason injuries include Matt Cassell's sprained MCL in 2009 and Trent Green's torn ACL, PCL and MCL in 1999.

Football fans do not watch preseason in hopes that their third-stringers will triumph over the oppositions' practice squad who are hoping to make the cut.  Fans watch because they are anxious to see their favorite players, hopeful rookies and free agents in uniform, which is as close as they can get until opening day.

Don't endanger the season for a couple of live reps.  Do us all a favor and make a "yellow jersey" rule that does not allow players to touch the quarterbacks.  To make it even, they wouldn't be able to scramble.  

Without such a rule, whatever benefit there would be is simply not worth the risk.