Michael Vick Injury Impact: What Missing 3-4 Games Means for Philadelphia Eagles

Eitan KatzAnalyst IISeptember 26, 2011

PHILADELPHIA, PA - SEPTEMBER 25:  Michael Vick #7 of the Philadelphia Eagles sits on the sideline with an injured right hand in the fourth quarter against the New York Giants at Lincoln Financial Field on September 25, 2011 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Giants defeated the Eagles 29-16.  (Photo by Chris Trotman/Getty Images)
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News broke this morning that Philadelphia Eagles franchise quarterback Michael Vick will likely miss three to four weeks with a broken right (non-throwing) hand injury he sustained in Sunday's matchup against the New York Giants.

Here's the latest via ProFootballTalk.com:

Howard Eskin of NBC 10 reports that Vick will miss 3-4 weeks with that broken right (non-throwing) hand he suffered in Sunday’s loss to the Giants.

The Eagles have three games before their bye week.  They host the 49ers before traveling to Buffalo and Washington.

If Eskin, who serves as the sideline reporter for the Eagles’ radio broadcast, is accurate, the 1-2 Eagles will need to rely on Mike Kafka or Vince Young at least those three games.

The question now becomes for the suddenly-in-deep-trouble Eagles, can they remain in contention with their most important player sitting on the bench?

Obviously, any time that your starting quarterback goes down, it's bad, but this Vick situation came at a really, really unfortunate time. After an exciting, yet slightly concerning, Week 1 whooping against the under-matched and injury-riddled St. Louis Rams, the "Dream Team" is now looking at a situation where they could easily go into their bye week with a miserable 1-5 record.

Read that again.

This is the team that signed so many superstar players this offseason that people were wondering how they could possibly afford all of the talent they "bought." This is the team that people thought was going to be unstoppable.

Well, the only thing unstoppable now is the undeniable fact that Michael Vick can not be a franchise quarterback because he simply can not stay healthy over the course of a full season. He takes too many chances, and his offensive line is practically jelly.

These next three games could very well determine the entire season for the Eagles in 2011. Against three semi-quality opponents, this "Dream Team" will be judged without its $100 million man.

The San Francisco 49ers, despite an astonishing lack of skilled players, have been able to start off the season 2-1. The 3-0 Buffalo Bills proved they are for real after their come-from-behind win against the New England Patriots. And the Washington Redskins have actually showed signs of life this year, and go into tonight's matchup against the pathetic Dallas Cowboys with a 2-0 record.

Playing without Vick is going to show us what this Eagles team is really made of. 

Whether it's Mike Kafka or Vince Young under center, Philadelphia fans better hope they find a way to win at least one game. If not, they might as well start making vacation plans.

Out of the 153 teams that have started a season with a 1-5 record in the Super Bowl-era NFL, only one team (the 1970 Cincinnati Bengals, h/t yardbarker.com) has gone on to make the playoffs.