Most folks probably thought they had seen the last of Michael Vick as the starting quarterback for the Philadelphia Eagles. But not so fast, friends—Nick Foles broke his hand on Sunday against the Washington Redskins, leaving Vick as the likely starter this week.
UPDATE: Wednesday, December 26 at 10:45 a.m. ET
Michael Vick is expected to start Sunday against the Giants as the Eagles have placed Nick Foles on injured reserve due to his hand injury, according to New York Post's Paul Schwartz.
Eagles as expected put Nick Foles on IR so it's Michael Vick's show vs. Giants. #nyg— Paul Schwartz (@NYPost_Schwartz) December 26, 2012
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From Eagles Insider:
Andy Reid: Nick Foles has a broken hand.— Eagles Insider (@EaglesInsider) December 24, 2012
Reid: There's a pretty good chance Michael Vick will start Sun. vs. Giants— Eagles Insider (@EaglesInsider) December 24, 2012
Reid said Foles' injury happened on 2nd to last play of 1st half. X-rays taken at stadium were negative, MRI showed hairline fracture— Eagles Insider (@EaglesInsider) December 24, 2012
Many expect that Vick will be cut this offseason, as he is owed $15.5 million next year, and the Eagles are likely going to fire head coach Andy Reid and cut ties with many of the team's expensive veterans.
In other words, Vick has his chance to leave Philadelphia on a high note and audition for a job next year. He'll certainly be an intriguing option for teams in need of an upgrade at quarterback, such as the Kansas City Chiefs, Jacksonville Jaguars or Arizona Cardinals.
If nothing else, the game-planning for the New York Giants just got a little more complex.
Vick has been largely disappointing this season, throwing for 2,165 yards, 11 touchdowns and nine interceptions in nine games. He has also rushed for 307 yards and another touchdown and lost five fumbles.
Once again, he's battled through injuries, though a depleted Eagles offensive line has to shoulder the blame for that.
When your touchdown-to-turnover ratio as a quarterback is 12-to-14, you aren't having a very good season. Of course, Vick is just one of many Eagles who've had a poor 2012.
Beating the Giants and ensuring New York will miss the playoffs won't change that fact, but at least Vick and his teammates might have some redemption for a nightmare campaign. It's likely he and Reid will be gone shortly after the season ends.
They might as well go out with a bang.