Eagles Place QB Nick Foles on IR with Broken Hand

Adam WellsFeatured ColumnistDecember 26, 2012

The Philadelphia Eagles will end the season just as they began it, with Michael Vick as the starting quarterback after putting Nick Foles on injured reserve, according to Paul Schwartz of the New York Post

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

Foles broke his hand in the second half of the Eagles' Week 16 loss against Washington, though he was able to finish the game and give the team a chance to tie at the end before a penalty ran the time off the clock. 

Throughout the week, Eagles head coach Andy Reid has been saying that Vick would likely be starting the season finale against the Giants. It will be the first time since he suffered a concussion in Week 10 that Vick will be under center for the Eagles. 

In a lot of ways, this is a fitting way for the Eagles to end the season. Vick has a $15.5 million salary and $3 million bonus for 2013, with the bonus guaranteed if he is still with the team two days after the Super Bowl. 

Given the state of the Eagles, not to mention the inconsistent play by him when he was healthy, Vick does not seem likely to return. The same can be said for Reid, who has been with the franchise since 1999 but has endured the worst year of his career with the team in 2012.

Reid and Vick are tied together, since it was Reid who gave Vick a shot to play in the NFL after he was reinstated to the league following his stint in prison for his involvement in a dog-fighting ring.

For the Eagles, even though Foles appears to have a bright future, the team will have to wait until 2013 to properly assess where the third-round pick stands and what they need to build around him to get back to the top of the NFC East.