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Posted at 05:33 PM ET, 08/21/2012

Tests on Michael Vick’s injured ribs come back negative


Michael Vick avoided serious injury on Monday night, but remains a serious injury risk for the Eagles. (Steven Senne - Associated Press)
Philadelphia Eagles fans wondered if their season might be over before it even began when franchise quarterback Michael Vick left the field during Monday night’s preseason game after he absorbed a forceful hit to the ribcage.

But it sounds like the oft-injured signal-caller avoided serious injury when New England Patriots linebacker Jermaine Cunningham speared Vick with a helmet to the midsection during the first quarter the game.

Initial X-rays were negative and Tuesday’s MRI and CT scan revealed no cartilage damage. And with that, the Eagles and their fans can breathe a collective sigh of relief.

“It was determined that he has a contusion of his ribs and of the soft tissue area surrounding it,” a team spokesman told Philadelphia Inquirer reporter Jeff McLane.

Vick will not play Friday night in Cleveland, but he team expects him to be ready to go for its season opener on Sept. 9 in Philadelphia against those same Browns.

Health remains a major concern for Vick, who missed four games in 2010 due to injury and three more in 2011.

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