Mike Vick, now 32, is the most important player on the Eagles. Philadelphia, which again has Super Bowl aspirations, could probably survive an injury to LeSean McCoy and sneak into the playoffs, but an injury to Vick would be catastrophic.
And through two preseason games – technically, just 12 plays – Vick has gone down twice, once with a hand/thumb injury, and Monday night with a rib injury. X-rays came back negative each time, but it makes you wonder – can a guy who has only played an entire season once in his nine years in the NFL make it through 16 games, plus three or four in the postseason?
Vick has been on the field for just 4:55 of the preseason and gone down twice. This coming off a season in which he rarely ran the football (just 76 carries in 13 starts, only one TD). He suffered broken ribs last year in a loss to Arizona.
As soon as Vick goes down in a regular season game, we’ll probably hear chatter about how the Eagles will probably cut him in the offseason. Reminder: All the guaranteed money in his $100 million contract is paid off after this season, and the Eagles save a ton of money by cutting him before June 1, 2013.