Michael Vick injured again, will sit out ’til season opener

Michael Vick has quarterbacked his Philadelphia Eagles for all of 12 plays so far in this preseason. His play within those dozen snaps has hardly been inspiring: four completions for just 11 yards of passing, along with a single five-yard rush. If nothing else, those numbers indicate some room for improvement.

At this point, any improvement on those numbers will have to be made during the regular season. The fragile Eagles QB suffered yet another injury in Monday’s preseason win over the New England Patriots, prompting coach Andy Reid to announce that he will sit out the team’s two remaining tune-up games.

“I’m not that concerned, other than he’s hurt,” Reid said to explain his decision. “I want to make sure he heals up and get him back in there. Hopefully, he doesn’t get hurt again.”

The silver lining for Eagles fans is that Vick’s latest setback does not appear to be in any way serious. On a lengthy play that ended with Vick chucking a deep ball that fell incomplete, Pats linebacker Jermaine Cunningham drilled Vick as he threw and damaged the lefty’s ribs in the process. But X-rays, an MRI and a CT scan all came back negative, leading to an official diagnosis of contusion of the ribs.

Backup Nick Foles, given extensive playing time thanks to a head injury to normal number-two Mike Kafka, excelled in Vick’s absence. The rookie was 18-28 for 217 yards and a touchdown, a strong case for his current location on the depth chart to become permanent.

Foles’s encouraging performance aside, the Eagles’ primary concern is still Vick. But despite his recent issues, his teammates do not seem all that worried.

“Mike’s tough,” said running back LeSean McCoy. “I kind of figured it would be all right, even though he took kind of a big blow.”