Michael Vick Injury: How Worried Should Eagles Be About His Durability?

Matt KingFeatured ColumnistSeptember 25, 2011

PHILADELPHIA, PA - SEPTEMBER 25:  Michael Vick #7 of the Philadelphia Eagles looks to pass the ball against Jacquian Williams #57 of the New York Giants during the game at Lincoln Financial Field on September 25, 2011 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
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After taking a big hit last week that possibly gave him a concussion, Michael Vick was questionable whether he'd be active this week. Eagles fans breathed a sigh of relief when he started the game.

But that quickly turned again to fear and doubt when Vick once again left the game after his offensive line let him down. Even though he returned later, this pattern is starting to raise a bunch of questions about the Eagles' "$100 Million Dollar Man."

The fact of the matter is no matter how great Vick looked last year and no matter how stacked Philly looks this year, the offensive line is still one of the team's biggest weaknesses. Vick is going to get put on his back this year.

And, with that fact in mind, if Vick keeps getting knocked out of the game every time he takes a big hit, just how much is he going to be able to play this year? Vick has always been a guy who takes chances, but he's never been as fragile as he appears this year.

As much as I want to tell Eagles fans (and, let's face it, Vick fantasy owners) not to worry, this is troublesome. It seems like only a matter of time before he takes a hit that knocks him out for the season, or if a bunch of smaller injuries finally forces Philadelphia to keep him out indefinitely.

Bottom line, that Eagles O-line needs to step up and protect its quarterback. And Vick needs to be smarter about his body. Or else we're going to have a very disappointing year from him.