Putting a hurtin' on the Michael Vick Experience
Vick gets hurt. A lot. He misses games.
The Eagles QB with that new $100 million contract in his pocket got his brains scrambled when his noggin smacked off his own offensive lineman Todd Herremans at an odd angle against the Falcons Sunday night. Vick left the game (but not before pointing to the scoreboard as he was mocked by some Atlanta fans). At the time the Birds were up by 10.He did not return. Of course, we all know they lost. That was not necessarily the fault of backup Mike Kafka, who played well when inserted into the game and was driving the Eagles toward the winning score when Jeremy Maclin dropped a fourth down pass that hit him right between the numbers.
Now everyone is wondering if Vick will be able to play on Sunday. I don't think he should. That does not necessarily mean he won't.
Eagles trainer Rick Burkholder yesterday was glowing in talking about how well Vick was doing. That’s good to hear.
But it doesn’t change the fact that the team already made it clear that Vick suffered a concussion. The league is looking much closer at these situations these days. Unless the Eagles want to use some kind of semantic twists to wriggle out of Vick’s diagnosis, he likely is not going to play on Sunday against the Giants.
This will be a fascinating week to watch all the machinations surrounding Vick’s condition, on the part of the player, the team, and the league.
Just remember this. Even if Vick plays (and I don’t think he should), don’t be surprised if we see him shuffling toward the sidelines again at some point this year.
Even if it’s not a recurrence of concussion symptoms.
Vick now has a pretty clear track record. He gets hurt. He can’t help it. It’s how he plays the game. No one is going to be able to convince the somewhat diminutive QB he’s not a bruising fullback.
If Vick in fact does not play on Sunday, remember where you heard this. It won’t be the last time this year.