McCoy, Vick Wounded Birds

By Lance Epstein


 

The injury news is both good and bad for the Philadelphia Eagles following their 17-12 loss to the Washington Redskins.

 

Eagles starting quarterback Michael Vick does not have any broken ribs, which is the good news. However, he was diagnosed with a rib cartilage injury (cracked cartilage) between his second and third ribs according to head coach Andy Reid.

 

Reid told reporters at his normal Monday morning press conference that his injury will be a day-to-day, week-to-week. He also stated that Vick was "sore" today, but there is a possibility that he will be able to practice on Wednesday.

 

Still, Reid said that if he is as sore as he was the day after the game, then Kevin Kolb will take all of the snaps during Wednesday's practice. Ultimately, this could mean Kolb is the starter against the 49ers on Sunday Night Football.

 

This is the type of injury that will nag Vick for the rest of the season. Since Vick's strength is running out of the pocket and taking off down the field, he will see more hits than most quarterbacks. Thus more shots to the ribs, so the injury might never heal until the offseason. Also, teams will be gunning for his ribs.

 

Furthermore, remember last year when Donovan McNabb broke a couple of ribs and missed two weeks of the season due to discomfort of his ribs. Vick has cracked cartilage, which will make it hard for him to breathe and throw the ball. The Eagles would be wise to sit him the next two weeks and let him get to 100 percent.

 

As for the really horrible news, running back LeSean McCoy suffered a broken rib in the second quarter. McCoy gutted it out and played the entire game even with the broken rib. Not only did he play, he was the most effective weapon on the field for the Eagles as he compiled 174 total yards.

 

According to Reid, McCoy is a "tough kid," who still might be able play this weekend at San Francisco. The injury is all about pain tolerance for McCoy, but the Eagles training staff is trying there hardest to help him out with the pain.

If McCoy were not able to go this week (or the next couple) it would be a gigantic loss. He has been the best weapon that the Eagles have had this year on offense. His ability to receive the ball out of the backfield makes the Eagles extremely difficult to defend.

More importantly, the Eagles do not have a back that can replace him. Mike Bell has shown nothing in the limited touches he has seen and is perpetually injured. Joique Bell and Eldra Buckley are nice backups, but are not striking fear into opposing defenses. Unfortunately for the Eagles, McCoy's injury could be the more devastating than Vick's since he could be out for the next two to three weeks.

Meanwhile, the two more Eagles players sustain concussions. Cornerback Asante Samuel and wide receiver Riley Cooper suffered mild concussions. Both need to pass every test before getting back on the field, but they could also play this weekend at San Francisco.