Michael Vick’s hand is bruised, not broken; Peyton Manning unlikely to play all season


After suffering a hand injury in Sunday’s loss to the Giants, Michael Vick’s status for next week’s game against the 49ers remains unclear. (SUCHAT PEDERSON/Associated Press)
September 26, 2011

Philadelphia Eagles Coach Andy Reid said Monday that quarterback Michael Vick’s non-throwing hand is bruised, not broken as the team had announced on Sunday.

It’s not clear how long Vick will be sidelined, if at all. Reid said he was uncertain if Vick will be able to play next weekend, when the Eagles host San Francisco.

Vick, who throws left-handed, was hurt during Sunday’s loss to the New York Giants. Vick and Reid said after the game that Vick had suffered a fractured hand on a third-quarter hit by Giants defensive tackle Chris Canty. But what appeared to be a fracture on some of the X-rays taken Sunday was only a blood vessel, according to Reid.

“He still has a bunch of swelling in it that’s got to get out of there,” Reid said at a news conference. “It’s sensitive to the touch right now . . . but the positive is there’s not a fracture there.”

Meanwhile, Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay said there is only an “outside chance” that quarterback Peyton Manning will play for the team this season and that the team is taking a “month by month” approach to his recovery.

Manning underwent two surgeries this year on his neck and has missed the Colts’ first three games. The four-time league most valuable player previously hadn’t missed a game in 13 seasons with the franchise.

Irsay told business executives at a breakfast related to the city hosting this season’s Super Bowl that Manning might practice in December but might not play in a game again until next season, according to Indianapolis media reports.

Irsay later wrote on Twitter that he didn’t say Manning was out for the remainder of this season “for sure.” The Colts will keep Manning on the active roster, rather than placing him on the season-ending injured reserve list, and will monitor his status “month to month,” Irsay wrote.

Irsay wrote there’s an “outside chance of [a] return [in] December possible.”

Curtis Painter took over at quarterback late in Sunday night’s game with Collins on the sideline being evaluated for a possible concussion. Manning watched the game from the press box at Lucas Oil Stadium.

In Philadelphia Sunday, Eagles backup quarterback Mike Kafka finished the game after Vick was injured and threw two fourth-quarter interceptions. The defeat dropped the Eagles’ record to 1-2. They have squandered fourth-quarter leads in two straight games. Vick was unable to finish either game.

Vick suffered a concussion a week earlier in a loss at Atlanta. He was back in the lineup Sunday and absorbed several jarring hits. Vick said after the game he’d felt no effects from his concussion. He tried to continue playing with his hand injury but said it worsened and he was unable to remain in the game.

Vick also complained after Sunday’s game that the hit by Canty and other hits he’s taken this season should have been penalized by officials but weren’t.

“Everybody saw the game. I was on the ground constantly. All of the time,” Vick said. “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.”

Asked about Vick’s remarks, Reid told reporters, “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.”

The Eagles signed former Tennessee Titans starter Vince Young after the NFL lockout to serve as Vick’s backup this season. Young had been sidelined by a hamstring injury suffered during the preseason. He was on the active roster Sunday but Reid turned instead to Kafka, who had finished the game against the Falcons.

TITANS: Coach Mike Munchak announced that wide receiver Kenny Britt tore the anterior cruciate and medial collateral ligaments in his right knee and will need season-ending surgery once the swelling subsides.

“He was off to a great start this year as we all know, and he’s a special player,” Munchak said of Britt, who ranked fifth in the NFL with 289 yards receiving. “He’s got a lot of work ahead of him. But he’s young. We know that he’ll be back next year.”

The injury leaves Tennessee with four wide receivers, and team officials already are looking for someone to fill the spot on the roster. Munchak said they will be working out receivers Tuesday and should have a player added by Wednesday.

49ERS: Coach Jim Harbaugh expects running back Frank Gore to play this week at Philadelphia despite a sprained right ankle that limited him in Sunday’s win at Cincinnati.

BUCCANEERS: Safety Cody Grimm has an injured right knee and likely will be replaced in the lineup by backup Corey Lynch. Coach Raheem Morris the team was awaiting results of tests and would not speculate on how long the second-year pro will be sidelined. Grimm, the son of Hall of Famer and former Redskin Russ Grimm, played in high school at Oakton and in college at Virginia Tech.

— Associated Press

Mark Maske covers the NFL for The Washington Post.
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