Michael Vick Injury: Donovan McNabb Led Redskins Over Eagles in NFC East Battle

Robert Quinn@@RQuinn619Correspondent IOctober 3, 2010

PHILADELPHIA - OCTOBER 03:  Michael Vick #7 of the Philadelphia Eagles runs the ball against Brian Orakpo #98 of the Washington Redskins on October 3, 2010 at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
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When the Philadelphia Eagles dealt franchise quarterback Donovan McNabb within the NFC East to their archrival Washington Redskins, many eyebrows were raised.

Prior to the beginning of the season, Eagles coach Andy Reid stressed the point that Kevin Kolb would be the starting quarterback, while Michael Vick would remain the backup.

NFL fans around the country circled the October 3rd matchup that featured McNabb's return to Philly.

When Kevin Kolb suffered a concussion in the first half of the opening game against the Green Bay Packers, the Michael Vick experience was under way.

Since then, Vick won the NFC Offensive Player of the Month, passing for 750 yards and six touchdowns while throwing zero interceptions. He rushed 23 times for 170 yards and a touchdown as well.

McNabb received a standing ovation Sunday in his entrance to the field that he played on for 11 seasons and quickly got the 'Skins off to a hot start, connecting with tight end Chris Cooley for a 31-yard touchdown.

McNabb also sucked the air out of Eagles fans when he connected with wide receiver Anthony Armstrong for  a 57-yard gain that could've resulted in a touchdown had he not fell after the catch.

McNabb went 8 for 19 on the day, passing for 125 yards, a touchdown, and an interception.

The game changed when Vick suffered a nasty hit that resulted in reports that varied from a fractured collarbone to broken ribs. Kevin Kolb entered the game, completing 22 of 35 passes for 201 yards, one touchdown and an interception.

Kolb's great performance still wasn't enough to defeat the Eagles, as the Redskins pulled out a 17-12 victory.

If Vick's injury isn't as serious as many believe, it will be a tough decision for Andy Reid to start Vick, who has played so well, or turn to Kolb, the intended franchise quarterback who had a solid outing in his first playing time since suffering the concussion delivered by Clay Matthews.