Michael Vick Injury Should Not Be Biggest Focus Heading into Matchup with Giants

WesAnalyst ISeptember 22, 2011

Don't worry about Vick's head. He's fine.
Don't worry about Vick's head. He's fine.Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images

Moments after the Eagles announced quarterback Michael Vick was cleared to practice Thursday afternoon, all of my concerns went out the window.

I understand he could suffer another concussion, but what good is worrying going to do you? Should I worry about him rolling an ankle, suffering a deep thigh bruise, pulling a hammy, or any other injury, too?

Let it go.

The Eagles are not going to put their franchise quarterback, who recently signed a contract worth somewhere in the neighborhood of $100 million, in harm's way. To calm your nerves even further you can remind yourself the Eagles were not allowed to clear Vick on their own. An independent neurosurgeon cleared Vick, according to Philly.com.

It all adds up to Vick being healthy.

An independent neurosurgeon hired by the NFL is not going to clear a player, let alone a star of the league, if he is not healthy. Do you really think the league wants one of its biggest attractions out for an extended period of time?

Don't forget this is a league where quarterbacks are given more protection than any position.

The injuries everyone should look at right now revolve around the Giants and their secondary.

Cornerbacks Terrell Thomas, Brian Witherspoon and Bruce Johnson all suffered season-ending injuries, according to ESPN.com. And the injury report on NFL.com listed cornerback Prince Amukamara as questionable.  Amukamara has rehabbed his broken foot, but according to the source he was not in practice in Thursday.

You don't need to be a Giants insider to understand how depleted their secondary is right now.

The injuries allowed Washington Redskins' Rex Grossman to throw for 305 yards in the season opener. Stop, read that again and let it sink in. If that doesn't let you know how bad the secondary is right now I will also point out that Sexy Rexy threw two touchdowns against no picks and completed 21 of 34 pass attempts.

As an encore, the Giants let Sam Bradford toss around the old pigskin for 331 yards with a touchdown and no picks. They did manage to hold the second-year pro to 22 completions on 46 attempts.

It was only a week ago when fans yelled at me for discounting the Falcons poor secondary because I felt the Eagles' O-line would not protect Vick well enough against the Falcons' front four. This time around, I don't have the same trepidation.

Osi Umenyiora did not practice Thursday, according to the previously mentioned report from NFL.com, and he is listed as questionable.

I don't think this is a crippling blow to the defensive line, but it certainly makes things more manageable for the Eagles' struggling offensive line.  

So, what does all of this mean?

It should lead to a huge day for Vick (assuming he's cleared to play) and the Eagles offense, even though in two game last year Vick did not put up against the Giants.

In the first meeting at the Linc, Vick did not throw a touchdown or a pick. He did complete 63 percent of his passes for 258 yards, but it wasn't the kind of game that landed him in the MVP discussion.

The Giants also limited him to 34 yards rushing on 11 attempts despite letting up one rushing touchdown.

The Giants made Vick look bad for about 3.5 quarters at the New Meadowlands in the second matchup and then the miracle happened. It led to Vick throwing for 242 yards with three touchdowns and one pick, 130 yards rushing and another touchdown via the ground.

However, with so many injuries and a slightly depleted pass rush, it's hard to imagine the Giants are going to find a way to slow down Vick. I just can't see how the Giants get gashed by Grossman and Bradford and then figure out a way to hold Vick to under 350 yards of total offense.

I don't know if it will lead to an easy win for the Eagles, but it should.