In the Philadelphia Eagles' 29-16 loss to the New York Giants on Sunday, starting quarterback Michael Vick sustained yet another injury. This time, the 31-year-old broke his hand when Giants defensive end Chris Canty hit him in the backfield following a pass.
After the game was over, Vick expressed frustration with the referees. He said the hit should have been a personal foul, which was never called on the play.
While it's likely that Giants fans feel very differently about the matter, a look at the tape suggests that a penalty should have been called.
As a referee, it's difficult to catch every single penalty. There will almost always be someone upset with the outcome in certain situations. However, in this case, the whiff resulted in the Giants getting away with what should have been a 15-yarder. What's more, it left Vick to figure out whether he's going to play with a broken right hand.
As a left-handed quarterback, it's still possible for Vick not to miss even one game. However, one has to think a wrapped right hand would be detrimental for a guy whose secret weapon is tucking and running with the football.
At 1-2, the "dream team" is in a very delicate situation. The Eagles had every intention of making a Super Bowl run this season, but with two losses in three games and an injured starting quarterback, hopes of even making the playoffs are beginning to come into question.
The referees in the Eagles-Giants game clearly gave the Eagles a raw deal in not flagging Canty for the late hit. For all we know, the yards could have changed the whole game.
Regardless, Vick's injury threatens what was once a very promising outlook for Philadelphia's 2011 season.