Vick's hand is bruised but not broken, Eagles say

September 26, 2011

The non-throwing hand of Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Michael Vick is not broken, after all, according to the team. Eagles Coach Andy Reid announced Monday that Vick’s right hand is only bruised. Vick underwent a CT scan earlier Monday.

It’s not clear how long Vick will be sidelined, if at all. Reid said it’s unclear if Vick will be able to play this week.

Vick, who throws left-handed, was hurt during Sunday’s home 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 Monday. “It’s sensitive to the touch right now . . . but the positive is there’s not a fracture there.”

Backup quarterback Mike Kafka finished Sunday’s game 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.

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.

Mark Maske covers the NFL for The Washington Post.
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