Giants vs. Eagles Report: Michael Vick out with Fractured Ribs vs. Giants

Louis MustoContributor IIINovember 18, 2011

LANDOVER, MD - OCTOBER 16:  Michael Vick #7 of the Philadelphia Eagles walks off the field during a game against the Washington Redskins at FedExField on October 16, 2011 in Landover, Maryland.  (Photo by Patrick McDermott/Getty Images)
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If New York Giants fans had some subconscious worrying going on deep down inside about another second-half collapse, their hopes may have just spiked a little.

If reports are true, Michael Vick will not play in the Philadelphia Eagles’ Week 11 matchup with the Giants at MetLife Stadium.

Vick suffered fractured ribs during the Eagles’ Week 10 loss to the Arizona Cardinals and failed to practice for the third consecutive day on Friday.

If Vick is not able to go, the Eagles will likely start former Tennesee Titans quarterback Vince Young. Young is, of course, the man who deemed the Eagles as the NFL’s “Dream Team” in the offseason in light of the Eagles’ spectacular acquisitions. The Eagles are now 3-6 and on the verge of elimination from the playoffs.

Vince Young has not started a game at quarterback in well over a year and has attempted just one pass all season for the Eagles.

With receiver Jeremy Maclin also expected to miss the game for the Eagles, the advantage may very well have fallen squarely into the Giants’ hands.

The Giants are coming off a tough road loss against the NFC West-leading San Francisco 49ers. For many, this game against the Eagles is a must-win after noted collapses in the second half of the season under head coach Tom Coughlin.

If Vick is out and a rusty, unacquainted Young must take over at quarterback, the game rests in the New York Giants’ favor. The Giants currently hold a one-game lead over the Dallas Cowboys in the NFC East and would love an easy win to keep hold of that lead as they look ahead to a premier matchup in Week 12 with Drew Brees and the New Orleans Saints.