Michael Vick: Who Deserves to Be the Philadelphia Eagles' QB Backup?

Alex SandersonCorrespondent IIISeptember 27, 2011

ATLANTA - SEPTEMBER 18: Michael Vick #7 of the Philadelphia Eagles heads off the field after being injured against the Atlanta Falcons at the Georgia Dome on September 18, 2011 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Scott Cunningham/Getty Images)
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The early report of Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Michael Vick after leaving Sunday's game against the Giants was that he had a broken right hand. The injury was thought to sideline him for 3-4 weeks.

While it has since been discovered that Vick did not suffer a fracture, his status for Week 4 is still in doubt. He has a deep bone bruise and his hand is still very swollen.

The injury forced Vick to leave a game for the second consecutive week, as he suffered a concussion against Atlanta in Week 2. His knack for getting injuries makes it important for the Eagles to decide on who their backup is going to be.

Philadelphia traded Kevin Kolb in the offseason because head coach Andy Reid had confidence in Mike Kafka as a backup. The team also signed former Titans starter Vince Young to provide depth at the quarterback position.

Kafka relieved Vick both times he was forced from the game due to injury as Young was dealing with injuries of his own.

Kafka almost led the Eagles to a win against Atlanta but a dropped ball by Jeremy Maclin ended the attempt. Kafka was abysmal against the Giants, however, throwing two interceptions.

Sports are often about "what have you done for me lately," meaning Kafka's performance this weekend should severely hurt his chances of starting this weekend if Vick can't go.

Young is also a better candidate to back up Vick because the two have similar game styles. The pair are both mobile quarterbacks who can also throw the ball down the field effectively.

Playing with Young at the helm instead of Kafka would provide the Eagles with a good comfort factor. Vick is a little more talented than Young, but both quarterbacks try to do the same things on the field.

Kafka's inexperience and poor play against the Giants should be enough for Reid and the Eagles to turn to Young. He's been a winner on both the college and pro levels, and he should know the offense well.