What Does Michael Vick's Injury Mean for Fantasy Owners, Eagles?

Lou RomContributor INovember 12, 2012

November 11, 2012; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Michael Vick (7) passes in front of Dallas Cowboys inside linebacker Ernie Sims (59) during the second quarter at Lincoln Financial Field. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-US PRESSWIRE

Michael Vick's "significant" concussion could have broad implications for fantasy owners, and not just at the quarterback position.

Head coach Andy Reid said Vick suffered the concussion on his last play, a third-down incompletion in the second quarter. Vick's recollection was "foggy" after the game, according to the team's website.

Vick is resting at home, but is in communication with head athletic trainer Rick Burkholder, the report added. 

If Nick Foles is as good as advertised—and Sunday's performance against the Dallas Cowboys gave indications he could be—Vick's absence could be good news for fantasy owners with Foles and DeSean Jackson on their roster, or maybe even Jeremy Maclin.

Vick's turnover struggles have been one of the biggest stories of the NFL season, and he's barely managed to keep a plus-one touchdown-to-interception ratio. 

If Foles can take the reins and pick up an offense that has underperformed all season despite a bevy of talented players at the skill positions, fantasy owners with a fondness for Philly guys could have something good to talk about on Monday mornings for a change. 

Foles is taking first-team snaps this week, according to Reid. If Vick can't play, Foles will make his first career start this weekend.

Foles had his moments Sunday, going 22-of-32 for 219 yards with a touchdown and an interception. He would have had a second pick six had it not been called back via penalty.

If Vick can return, and that's a big if, he will still be the starter, according to Reid. But given the serious hit he took and the likelihood he could be seriously hurt if he is re-concussed while still feeling the impact of the recent concussion, it's unlikely Reid would take that chance.

Foles guys have a lot to look forward to, at least for a week, as the Eagles line up against the league's No. 30-ranked passing defense next week in the Washington Redskins.