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Michael Vick Injury: Latest Update on the Philadelphia Eagles QB

Justine BrownCorrespondent IISeptember 19, 2011

ATLANTA, GA - SEPTEMBER 18:  Michael Vick #7 of the Philadelphia Eagles is attended to on the sidelines after being injured in the third quarter against the Atlanta Falcons at Georgia Dome on September 18, 2011 in Atlanta, Georgia.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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During his return to Atlanta, Philadelphia quarterback Michael Vick left the game with an apparent neck injury late in the third quarter of the Eagles' 35-31 loss the Atlanta Falcons.  According to a tweet from @nfl, Eagles coach Andy Reid confirmed that Vick suffered a concussion after he threw a pass and was tackled to the ground, colliding helmets with teammate Todd Herremans.

When Vick left the game, he had 242 passing yards accompanied by two touchdowns, and the Eagles led the Falcons, 21-31.  

With Vick out and his backup Vince Young inactive because of injury, third-string quarterback Mike Kafka entered the game for Philadelphia.   Unsuccessful in sustaining the lead, the Eagles allowed the Falcons to score 14 fourth-quarter points and go ahead, 35-21.  

On the Eagles' final drive, facing 4th-and-4 and their last opportunity to salvage the game, Kafka hit wide receiver Jeremy Maclin with a decent pass, which he was unable to bring in despite it hitting his hands.  The dropped ball, which if caught would have given the Eagles a first down, sealed the team's fate.  

Although Kafka played well, completing 7-of-9 passes for 72 yards, the Eagles were unable to overcome the Falcons' fourth-quarter onslaught, and were defeated.

Whether or not Vick will be able to play next week in the Eagles' game against the New York Giants is yet to be determined, but as Eagles' beat reporter Jeff McLane tweeted, "Vick has to go through protocol before he can be cleared."  Also according to McLane's Twitter account, "he knew exactly what happened on play he suffered concussion, team source said," and  a "source described Vick's concussion as 'slight.'"  

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Although this sounds like good news for Philadelphia, it will not want to rush Vick back and risk any further injury.

In the event that Vick cannot play in Week 3, the big question will be whether or not the team can win without him.  

Furthermore, head coach Andy Reid will have a decision to make on who will replace him.  With Kafka doing a decent job for the evening, some will root for him to get the nod. However, Vince Young is the listed No. 2 quarterback on the depth chart.

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