Michael Vick Injury: Updates on Eagles Star's Week 4 Status and Fantasy Value

Donald Wood@@Donald_WoodFeatured ColumnistSeptember 27, 2011

PHILADELPHIA, PA - SEPTEMBER 25:  Michael Vick #7 of the Philadelphia Eagles sits on the sideline with an injured 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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The Philadelphia Eagles paid their stellar quarterback Michael Vick $100 million this offseason, and in three weeks of playing the 2011 season, Vick has suffered a concussion and a hand contusion.

With all of the health troubles the expensive quarterback is having, the questions about when Vick will be back and how effective he will be when he returns are weighing heavy on an Eagles team that mortgaged the farm for the mobile playmaker.

UPDATE: Sunday, Oct. 2 at 5:25 p.m. EDT

The bad news is that the Eagles lost to the 49ers by the final of 24-23. And make no mistake, it was an ugly loss.

The good news is that Michael Vick didn't get banged up to the point where he had to leave the game. He did get knocked around, but he managed to stay in there. To boot, he had a good game.

Vick threw for a career-high 416 yards on the day, and he also led the Eagles with 75 yards rushing on eight carries. He had two touchdowns through the air, and threw just one pick.

Eagles fans are going to whine and complain about how the Eagles lost the game, but fantasy owners should feel free to breath a sigh of relief. After three subpar games, Vick finally had a good one on Sunday. It appears he may not be a fantasy bust quite yet.

UPDATE: Sunday, Oct. 2 at 2:25 p.m. ET

So much for protecting Michael Vick better.

The Eagles' quarterback went to the sideline after bending back the fingers on his throwing hand according to Trey Wingo:

He is back in the game and tearing apart the 49ers though.

He's closing in on 200 yards passing in the first half and also has 62 yards of five carries.

UPDATE: Sunday, Oct. 2 at 10:44 a.m. ET

We know that Michael Vick is going to take the field this week against the San Francisco 49ers, and we also know that he is going to wear Kevlar under his glove.

NFL Network's Albert Breer gave us a look at that Kevlar on the pre-game show this morning:

Expect the Eagles to try and protect Vick as much as possible today. That includes more shotgun snaps, more running plays and an added emphasis on rolling Vick away from trouble as early as possible.

UPDATE: Friday, Sept. 30 at 1:30 p.m. ET 

Andy Reid addressed the media today, and Les Bowen of the Philadelphia Daily News tweeted today about the status of Vick, according to Coach Reid. 

Vick is expected to play, but of course the team will list him as probable. Two weeks and two different injuries aren't stopping the Eagles from starting Vick, who earlier in the week said he was "100 percent" going to start. 

As far as fantasy value is concerned, I wouldn't start him because of the risk. The 49ers don't have a terrible defense, and if don't forget that they're the ones who punctured Tony Romo's lung and broke his ribs. 

The chances of Vick having a third injury or re-injuring himself are very strong, which is why I wouldn't risk starting him. He's going to play on Sunday, but it's very likely he doesn't finish the game.  

UPDATE: Thursday, Sept. 29 at 4:10 p.m. EST

According to Rotoworld, Michael Vick will be using a kevlar-lined glove on his hand for this weekend's game.

One week after getting fitted for a protective helmet lined with composite material used in bullet-resistant vests, Vick expects to have a Kevlar-lined glove for his right hand by Sunday's game. The hand injury shouldn't be a major issue against the 49ers.

This should ease concerns for fantasy owners, as Vick will certainly be playing on Sunday.

UPDATE: Thursday, Sept. 29 at 9:40 a.m. EST

If anyone was still having doubts about Michael Vick stepping onto the field next week, those should be erased immediately. In a conversation with Philly.com, he admitted that there is no way he will be held out of this game.

Vick said "they'll have to cart me off the field" for him to come out this Sunday.

"I'm tired of letting my guys down," he said.

Vick has left the past two games, and his team has faltered without him. He won't let his team down this week, and it would be shocking if he wasn't playing on Sunday.

UPDATE: Wednesday, Sept. 28 at 4:00 p.m. EST

Eagles wide receiver DeSean Jackson liked what he saw from Vick in practice on Wednesday.


Considering where Vick was at on Monday, with his hand in a cast and and unable to grip a ball, this is a big deal.

Jackson is a teammate so any praise should be taken with a grain of salt, but at least Vick is moving in a positive direction as the week moves along.

UPDATE: Wednesday, Sept. 28 at 1:30 p.m. EST

Vick told the Philadelphia Eagles' team website that he is definitely playing this Sunday against San Francisco.



This is not a surprise. Vick wants to play, and the Eagles need him to play if they want to win. The only question is how effective he will be when he plays.

I would expect to see a lot more of LeSean McCoy this week than we normally do. That will probably work out well for the team, because he is probably the best playmaker the team has not named Vick.

Wednesday, Sept. 28 at 1:00 p.m. EST

ESPN NFC West blogger Mike Sando tweeted that Andy Reid wants Vick to be 100 percent, or at least healthy enough so that he is not in danger of aggravating his hand injury, otherwise he will not play him.




Vick won't be completely healthy by Sunday, but the Eagles are going to let him play. How he performs is another story, but it would be a shock if he didn't play in this game.

Meanwhile, Reuben Frank of Comcast Sports Net in Philadelphia tweeted that Vick still isn't able to grip the ball very well.




The Eagles are going to take it easy with Vick heading into this game, but they are going to do everything they have to in order to get him on the field this week.

Until he is officially declared out, I believe that Vick will start this game.

Wednesday, Sept. 28 at 10:00 a.m. EST

Now that the controversy surrounding Michael Vick getting beat up more than other quarterbacks has died down, we can focus on what is going to happen with him on Sunday against San Francisco.

According to a report on ESPN.com, Wednesday's practice will be the litmus test to see if Vick will be able to start on Sunday.

The Philadelphia Enquirer, citing unnamed team sources, reported Wednesday that Vick is expected to start.


Coach Andy Reid said on Monday that the Eagles would know "over the next couple of days" if Vick would be able to play.

Vick had his hand in a cast on Monday, so it will be interesting to see how much the swelling and pain have decreased in 48 hours. The Eagles want him to start, and he wants to start, so I would expect to hear positive reports later this afternoon.


UPDATE: Tuesday, Sept. 27 at 5:05 p.m. ET

With the news that Michael Vick’s broken hand was really just a deep bone bruise, the popular consensus around the NFL is that he may miss some practice time, but he will play Sunday.

NFL writer for NBC Sports Evan Silva is reporting on twitter that Vick will take it slow, but this injury won’t keep him off the field for long:



If you have him in your fantasy league, the idea of him getting hurt for the third week in a row is a daunting proposition, but you must start the man you picked high in the first round. He is bound to break out, and the San Francisco 49ers are ripe for the picking.


UPDATE: Tuesday, Sept. 27 at 1:05 p.m. ET

The talk of Michael Vick’s broken hand had fans and Eagles officials losing their cool, but after further testing, the break was re-diagnosed as just a deep bone bruise.

The Philadelphia Inquirer Eagles beat writer Jeff McClane is reporting that Vick looks to be the starter come Sunday’s game against the San Francisco 49ers:

Eagles quarterback Michael Vick is likely to play Sunday against the 49ers despite a deep bone bruise in his right hand, team sources said Tuesday. If the swelling in his non-throwing hand decreases and he is cleared to play by a doctor, Vick will start for the second straight week in spite of injury. He suffered a concussion against the Falcons on Sept. 18, but passed evaluations the following days and was in the lineup on Sunday against the Giants.

If you have Vick in your fantasy league, you are starting to get concerned after he left two straight games with injuries and didn’t look all that incredible while he was on the field. If there are better options on your bench, I would keep them close in case anything changes mid-week.


UPDATE: Tuesday, Sept. 27 at 10:35 a.m. ET

With initial reports surfacing that Michael Vick could be out until the Philadelphia Eagles’ bye week, the diagnosis that the hand was bruised and not broken has brought his status for Week 4 in question.

While the Eagles and head coach Andy Reid will never give the media anything to run with, the Eagles Insider is reporting that the team refuses to count him out Sunday against the San Francisco 49ers:



It is still very early in the week, but the fact that Vick and the team have downgraded the diagnosis of his non-throwing hand means they will let him get on the field if he can.


UPDATE: Monday, Sept. 26 at 10:10 p.m. ET

After being destroyed by the New York Giants, Michael Vick went on the offensive, chastising the referees and the NFL for not protecting him like they do the other pocket passers in the NFL.

CNBC’s Darren Rovell revealed the New York Post’s response to Vick’s allegations:


While the New York Giants will get their comeuppance when the two teams face off later in the season, they are wrong arguing Vick’s accusation that he is being treated differently. There were players aiming at Vick's head with their helmets, and that is against the rules. Plain and simple.


UPDATE: Monday, Sept. 26 at 10:35 p.m. ET

With initial reports surfacing that Michael Vick could be out until the Philadelphia Eagles’ bye week, the diagnosis that the hand was bruised and not broken has brought his status for Week 4 in question.

While the Eagles and head coach Andy Reid will never give the media anything to run with, the Eagles Insider is reporting that the team refuses to count him out Sunday against the San Francisco 49ers:



It is still very early in the week, but the fact that Vick and the team have downgraded the diagnosis of his non-throwing hand means they will let him get on the field if he can.


UPDATE: Monday, Sept. 26 at 1:10 p.m. ET

The Philadelphia Eagles and their fans were falling over themselves this morning because of the loss to the New York Giants and the injury to Michael Vick. While initial reports said Vick had a broken hand, the true diagnosis is much more manageable.

ESPN's injury analyst and a Board Certified Orthopedic Clinical Specialist Stephania Bell said on twitter about Vick’s hand injury:



If you have Vick in your fantasy league, take a step off the ledge and relax because it might not be as bad as everyone thought. With a week of rest, there is a good chance that Vick will play through the pain in his non-throwing hands.


UPDATE: Monday, Sept. 26 at 8:10 a.m. ET

The Philadelphia Eagles will be a sub-par team without Michael Vick in the lineup, and the news breaking after the team’s loss to the New York Giants is that Vick has a broken hand.

NBC Pro Football Talk is reporting that the Eagles’ star quarterback could be sidelined up to four weeks with his hand and head issues:

Howard Eskin of NBC 10 reports that Vick will miss three to four 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.

If Michael Vick is on your fantasy team, you had to be smart enough to draft a backup knowing about the quarterback’s history of injuries, and these are the weeks to play that backup.

With all of the weapons in Philadelphia keep an eye on who takes Vick’s place, and is Vince Young starts, he may be worth a start in most leagues.


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