It seems like every time Michael Vick leaves the pocket, Philadelphia Eagles fans, coaches and players have to hold their collective breath to make sure that he gets up. The latest incident came on Sunday afternoon against Washington, when LaRon Landry put his helmet into Vick's back.
Halfway through the third quarter, Vick was trying a play-action pass. The Eagles' offensive line, doing its usual bang-up job, let the Redskins' defensive line right through, so Vick had to scramble right away. He found a hole and got to the 22-yard line.
Then, as Vick crossed the first-down mark, Landry takes him to the ground with a hard helmet shot to the left shoulder blade. He was slow to get up, and actually came out of the game for a play, which let Vince Young come in to throw an interception.
Vick did make it back into the game on the Eagles' next series, but he can't keep taking shots like this. If he does, he is not going to make it through the season.
The Eagles' offensive line has been a problem for two seasons, and the team did nothing to upgrade it in the offseason. You would think that a team who was so quick to spend money on free agents would have thought to protect its most valuable asset.
Since they failed to help him, he is going to be left to fend for himself the rest of this season. He has been fortunate not to miss a game so far considering how many times he has been hit and how hard he gets hit, but at some point he won't be able to get back up.
To prove I am not all negative, the Eagles were able to hang on and win the game, 20-13. It was not a pretty victory, but given how desperate this team was just for a win, they will be more than happy to take it.