Michael Vick Injury: Is Andy Reid Risking Eagles QB Far Too Early in Season?

Jon BanksContributor IIOctober 2, 2011

PHILADELPHIA, PA - SEPTEMBER 25:  Michael Vick #7 of the Philadelphia Eagles walks off the field before the start of the Eagles game against the New York Giants at Lincoln Financial Field on September 25, 2011 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
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Michael Vick has always been known as "explosive." He can be a game-changer when healthy and can seemingly flick the ball downfield at will.

And what a difference a year makes, huh?

This year, Vick has still shown the explosiveness of last year, but he's already suffered through multiple injuries. And it's only Week 4!

Which makes an interesting point about Andy Reid: Is he throwing Vick out into the fray way too early? After all, Reid has two backup QBs who are at least competent and are somewhat similar to Vick. If Vick is out of the game, the game plan doesn't have to change much, and the Eagles are still likely to win against an opponent like San Francisco 49ers.

So why would Reid play Vick, knowing that Vick could hurt himself worse in this game behind that awful O-line?

Well, being 1-2 throws your perspective off a bit. After all, what's the point in thinking about the rest of the season when you may not even win enough games to be relevant in a few more weeks? Which is sound reasoning.

However, the Eagles went out and got superstars at nearly every position in the offseason. If not one of them can step up, they don't belong in the postseason.

The team is supposed to be so filled with talent, especially at QB. Vince Young or Mike Kafka should be expected to come in and fill in for an injured Mike Vick, not have him put on a Kevlar glove to protect his injured right hand.

Of course, I may be wrong, and Vick is just so determined to prove his detractors wrong that he wants to play through everything. However, he's a running QB who was recently signed to a six-year deal. The shelf life of running quarterbacks is already low, playing through injuries is bound to decrease that shelf life further.

I guess we'll see in the coming weeks if it was right to play Vick over resting him. For his sake, let's hope I'm wrong.