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After only three weeks of play, Michael Vick seems to have taken the beating of a 16-game schedule. First a concussion, and now a badly bruised right hand.
Not to mention numerous other aches and pains he must have after being hit relentlessly these past three weeks.
Would it be wise to just let him sit out this week, regardless of how well his hand heals? That's the $100-million dollar question Andy Reid must ask himself.
During the Giants game, it appeared that either Reid and/or Vick were being cautious, as if playing to not get (Vick) hurt.
How else would you explain the fact that the Eagles ran the ball more times than they passed it? I'm talking about called runs where there was a handoff to a running back, and not counting the number of times Vick rushed.
That almost never happens when Andy Reid has his star QB in the game, whether it's Vick or ex-QB Donovan McNabb.
Dan Graziano, the NFC East blog writer at ESPN, has a very good take on why it might be better to sit Vick. Of course, he wrote it while under the impression Vick's hand was broken and not just bruised.
But either way, it still brings up a good point, mainly about the offensive line. Would it do a world of good for the offensive linemen to be "Vick-free" for a little bit in order to gain some confidence as a unit?
Graziano states that the problems with keeping Vick healthy are "suffocating the Eagles right now."
This could be true and is a valid point. The offensive linemen could be feeling much more pressure right now.
First, they need to get their act together because the season is underway. Second, they have the added pressure of protecting a QB who keeps getting hit and injured and therefore putting the offensive line under the microscope even more.
Sometimes it's good to take a step back and let things calm down a little bit so you can take a step forward. That might be exactly what this team needs.
However, how can you justify keeping your starting QB on the sideline if he's capable of playing? What if he sits out a game he technically could have played in and the Eagles lose?
Then there will be all kinds of new controversy about whether or not they would have won with Vick. And what if that particular loss comes back to haunt them at the end of the season and they potentially miss a playoff spot?
These are all the things Andy Reid has to weigh this week. Not an enviable job by any means.
So, what should he do?