Michael Vick: Eagles Should Keep Injured Quarterback out for Remainder of Season

Rob GoldbergFeatured ColumnistNovember 27, 2012

PHILADELPHIA, PA - NOVEMBER 11:   Michael Vick #7 of the Philadelphia Eagles carries the ball in the first quarter against the Dallas Cowboys on November 11, 2012 at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
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With a 3-8 record, the Philadelphia Eagles are all but eliminated from the playoffs. However, that does not mean that the final five games do not matter.

The remainder of the season can be a good use of time to evaluate the future of the organization and see what you have in younger players.

Fans were able to see firsthand on Monday Night Football what happens when you give someone a chance to shine.

In his first career start, running back Bryce Brown rushed for 178 yards and two touchdowns. Meanwhile, starter LeSean McCoy has struggled for most of the season, only topping 100 yards in three games.

However, the Eagles now know what Brown can do, and he will certainly get more playing time because of it.

That brings us to the discussion about quarterback Michael Vick. A concussion knocked him out of the game against the Dallas Cowboys in Week 10, and he has not yet been cleared to return.

According to head coach Andy Reid, Vick is still showing symptoms and he will not be rushed back to the field (via Zach Berman of Philly.com)

We have to get him healthy here to see where he's at. He took another test today and he didn't pass it. I'm not going to put him at risk. I'm not going to do that. That's not where we're going with this thing.

If the oft-injured quarterback is not 100 percent, he should stay on the bench. Even if he is cleared to play, his playing style invites a lot of contact and it can lead to further damage.

Behind a suspect offensive line, it is not worth it for Philadelphia to risk long-term injury for a player with $40 million guaranteed of a $100 million contract (via ESPN).

In the meantime, these final games will be a perfect opportunity to see what the team has in rookie Nick Foles. The third-round pick out of Arizona has a big arm, but it is difficult to see what he can do without putting him into a game.

Foles has had mixed results in his short time under center. He threw two interceptions against the Washington Redskins in his first start, but he was almost flawless in his second start with no interceptions and a completion percentage of 76.2 percent.

He has not had much success throwing the ball down the field, but that is something that comes with experience and increased confidence.

With these final games of the season, Foles should get an audition as to whether or not he can be considered a potential quarterback of the future. Otherwise, the organization will have to look in other directions.

Michael Vick was not playing well before his injury, so there is definitely a sense of urgency to secure the future of this position.

The biggest snag in this operation could be the hesitation of Andy Reid. After seven straight losses, it is no secret that the coach's job is on the line.

Reid might not want to break in a young quarterback for a future with the team that he might never see.

However, keeping Foles in the lineup would be the best thing for the organization in both the short and long term. Hopefully, the decision-makers do not make a bad choice in this matter.