Michael Vick reportedly may be out 3-4 weeks, says he isn’t getting the calls from refs


Michael Vick sits on the bench with his injured right hand. (Chris Trotman / GETTY IMAGES)

Philadelphia Eagles Coach Andy Reid said that Michael Vick’s right hand is bruised, not broken.

Reid was asked about Vick’s take on officiating and replied: “His best interest is always in my mind, when he’s on the football field, in particular. I know he’s a marked man. I think it’s important that we all keep a close eye on him.”

Filed at 8:37 a.m.

Michael Vick suffered a broken right hand — his non-throwing hand — in the Philadelphia Eagles’ loss to the New York Giants and, according to a report out of Philadelphia, he may be out of action for three-to-four weeks.

Three games in, it’s already been a difficult, painful season for Vick, who suffered a concussion a week ago. On Sunday, after saying he wasn’t going to call out officials for not protecting him, he pretty much called out officials for not protecting him. Does he have a point? Admittedly, it’s tricky when he morphs from passer into runner. One former QB, Trent Dilfer, said on ESPN that “it doesn’t happen any more to Michael Vick than it does to anybody else.” Read Vick’s comments from the PhiladelphiaEagles.com transcript and decide.

On the play in which he hurt his hand:

 “It was on the pass to (WR) Jeremy (Maclin).  (It was) Just an unfortunate situation, after such a great play, and I felt like I got hit late.  There was no flag. Broke my hand.”


Jacquian Williams sacks Michael Vick. (Chris Trotman / GETTY IMAGES)

 “It really doesn’t matter where it was at. I was trying to protect myself.  Still didn’t get a flag and that’s pretty much been the story for the last three weeks. I mean obviously at some point something catastrophic is going to happen and I broke my hand. Not to blame the refs or say that it was their fault. It’s just one of those unfortunate situations and I just think more precautions should be taken when I’m inside the pocket. I mean if you look at all the replays, I’m on the ground every time and it’s unfortunate for myself and it’s unfortunate for my team and I’ll be lying if I said I wasn’t, if I were to sit here and say I wasn’t frustrated right now because of that.”

On whether he feels he’s not getting the calls other quarterbacks do: 

“Absolutely.”

On why he feels he doesn’t get the calls:

 “Why? I mean, you all see it. There’s no reason for me to go into a big dissertation about why I’m not getting the calls.  The refs, they have to do their job as well. I even mentioned it in training camp to the refs when we had our little meeting, so just for precaution. But hey, I don’t know.”

On whether he felt that there were other late hits on him:

“Everybody saw the game. I was on the ground constantly. All of the time. Every time I throw the ball in all my highlights and just watching film in general, every time I throw the ball I’m on the ground, getting hit in the head and I don’t know why. I don’t get the 15-yard flags like everybody else does but hey — I’m not going to complain about it. I’m just making everybody aware and hopefully somebody will take notice.”

After spending most of her career in traditional print sports journalism, Cindy began blogging and tweeting, first as NFL/Redskins editor, and, since August 2010, at The Early Lead. She also is the social media editor for Sports.
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