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Posted at 12:14 PM ET, 11/16/2011

Report: Michael Vick “unlikely” to play vs. Giants


Broken ribs might keep Michael Vick out of Sunday’s key game against the Giants. (Mel Evans - AP)
Week 10 was a brutal one for NFL quarterbacks.

Houston’s Matt Schaub (foot) and Kansas City’s Matt Cassel (hand) both need surgery and could be lost for the season and Pittsburgh’s Ben Roethlisberger played most of Sunday’s win against the Bengals with a broken thumb on his throwing hand.

Philadelphia’s Michael Vick also got banged up in a stunning loss to the Arizona Cardinals and now it looks like his two broken ribs may keep him off the field on Sunday in a critical NFC East matchup with the New York Giants.

ESPN’s Adam Schefter tweeted that Vick is “unlikely to play” on Sunday night.

Michael Vick still has time to heal, but the early signs are that he is unlikely to play Sunday night vs. Giants due to two cracked ribs.Wed Nov 16 15:48:40 via WhoSay

Andy Reid’s Monday press conference announcement that Vick suffered the injury on the second play from scrimmage came a surprise — since Vick went on to play the rest of the game, rushing eight times for 79 yards.

“He didn’t say anything, not a word,” Reid said. “He’s a tough nut.”

The Philadelphia Inquirer’s Jeff McLane reported on Wednesday that both Vince Young — who threw an interception on his only pass attempt of the season in Week 6 against the Redskins — and Mike Kafka will take reps with the first team in practice. Reid also said Vick still has the “possibility” of playing.

At 3-6, the Eagles are a full three games behind the Giants and need to start digging their way out of the NFC East cellar to keep their playoff hopes alive. If Vick is out, look for a heavy dose of LeSean McCoy — the league’s second-leading rusher — and the running game in MetLife Stadium. And Vick may not be the only key offensive cog missing for Philly — leading receiver Jeremy Maclin, who left Sunday’s game with a right shoulder injury and will not practice on Wednesday.

(H/T Pro Football Talk)

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