LATEST UPDATE: According to Eagles coach Andy Reid, Michael Vick sustained a concussion after getting hit by Falcons safety William Moore into offensive lineman Todd Herremans' helmet in the third quarter.
Of all the terrible nightmares that could come true for the Philadelphia Eagles, Michael Vick getting hurt is right up there at the top.
Alas, that nightmare came true in the third quarter of Sunday night's tilt with the Atlanta Falcons. Vick took a hit in Atlanta territory that smacked his head against a teammate. He hit the deck for a few brief moments, and could be seen spitting up blood on his way to the sideline.
Needless to say, this is the kind of development that demands immediate discussion.
Before he was knocked out of the game, Vick was having a solid game, completing 19 of 28 passes for 242 yards, a pair of touchdowns and one pick. He also added another 25 yards on the ground.
At this point, it's not entirely inconceivable that Vick will be able to return in the fourth quarter, so those numbers could still go up.
Theoretically, could the Eagles make the playoffs with Vince Young under center?
Who's the Backup?
Technically, Vince Young. But since he's inactive for the second week in a row, former Northwestern great Mike Kafka is in the game.
Kafka probably can throw the ball, but the Eagles were content to just watch him hand it off in relief of Vick. That resulted in a two-yard touchdown run from LeSean McCoy.
Devastation Scale: 8
Can the Eagles win this game without Michael Vick? Yes, I think they can.
But can the Eagles win many more games without Michael Vick? Of course not. The Eagles had better hope that his injury looked worse than it actually is.
Timeline for Return
On Twitter, Jeff McLane of The Philadelphia Inquirer reported that Vick has a "neck injury." As for the blood he was spitting up, that was because he supposedly bit his tongue.
Neither of these things is surprising given the way Vick injured himself. The only thing we don't know is how bad Vick's neck is hurt. For now, McLane says he is in the locker room for "observation."
What They're Saying
One of the things that stuck out after Vick's injury was the reaction from the Atlanta crowd, which wasn't exactly nice.
Here's a tweet from CBS Sports: "Fans are being disgusting in ATL, booing Vick as he goes off the field."
Can't say I'm surprised. You may recall that Vick used to be a member of the Falcons.
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