Michael Vick Reportedly Will Not Play vs. Buccaneers Due to Hamstring Injury
ESPN's Phil Sheridan reported that the quarterback is out regardless of his official status:
#Eagles quarterback Michael Vick definitely not playing Sunday with hamstring, NFL source says. "Questionable" status irrelevant.— Phil Sheridan (@SheridanScribe) October 12, 2013
Vick had been mostly productive this season in his first year playing for Chip Kelly. In five games, the veteran has thrown for 1,185 yards with five touchdowns and two interceptions. Most impressively, he has excelled as a runner with 307 rushing yards, the most among quarterbacks in the NFL.
Which quarterback gives the Eagles a better chance to win when healthy?
Unfortunately, this injury will force him to miss at least one game, something that has been a theme for Vick throughout his career. Since entering the league in 2001, the quarterback has played in all 16 games only once.
He will be replaced by Nick Foles, the second-year quarterback out of Arizona. The youngster had an impressive showing in relief last week against the New York Giants, completing 16 of his 25 pass attempts for 197 yards and two touchdowns.
Foles will try to do better overall than he did last season when he posted only a 79.1 passer rating with six touchdowns and five interceptions in seven games. The Eagles won only one of his six starts in 2012.
He now gets another chance to prove that he can be the future quarterback for Philadelphia or some other team.
Regardless of who is playing quarterback, the Eagles will need a strong team performance to remain in first place in the NFC East. They are currently tied with the Dallas Cowboys at 2-3 in what is a wide open division.
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