Michael Vick Injury: Eagles Must Rest QB in Week 4 with Hand Contusion

Wes ODonnellFeatured ColumnistSeptember 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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Michael Vick has only made it through a 16-game season once in his career.

The electrifying, yet fragile, QB plays a risky brand of football that not only welcomes punishment to his frame, but also magnifies it. Even if Vick simply takes a shove and winds up on the turf, it is usually accompanied with a grimace and collective gasp from Eagles fans.

At 6'0", 215 pounds, Vick is not cut out to take the beating he typically endures throughout a game.

Vick was only sacked once by the Giants in their surprising loss on Sunday, but he was hit a number of times in and out of the pocket.

He eventually went to the locker room with what was initially called a fracture in his hand.

He tried to come back on the field, but eventually went back to the bench and missed the remainder of the game.

This morning Vick got good news, though. According to coach Andy Reid, there is no fracture in his hand.

The long-time Eagles coach said (via Pro Football Talk) the swelling in his hand is due to a contusion, not a fracture, but refused to comment on his availability for next week.

In the postgame press conference, Vick was heard complaining about getting hit on nearly every throw. ESPN ran a stat on SportsCenter indicating that the Eagles QB has been hit the second-most amount of times when dropping back this year, behind only Jay Cutler.

More often than not though, the hits on Vick come from his propensity to extend plays and scramble around with the ball in the backfield.

He was visibly upset, frustrated and hurt during the game on Sunday. Rather than Eli Manning wearing "that look" of frustration or confusion we are so used to seeing, it was Vick's turn to wear it.

There really isn't much the Eagles can do other than let Vick rest for at least a week. Aggravating his hand again could become a painful problem that won't get any better with him taking snaps from under center.

Losing a third straight game would also be a problem though.

The Eagles took a calculated risk when they traded away Kevin Kolb and now they'll have to deal with Vince Young and/or Mike Kafka should Vick sit for a week.

There is no denying Vick's talent when on the field, but keeping him on the field is proving almost as difficult as it is to stop him on it.