Coach Andy Reid intimated Tuesday that it was unlikely that the three-time Pro Bowler would take another snap prior to the team’s season opener at Cleveland on Sept. 9.
“I’m just going to play it by ear,” Reid told reporters following practice. “I’m not going to say anything about where we’re at with that right now.”
Vick left Monday night’s win at New England just six plays into the game after being leveled by Patriots linebacker Jermaine Cunningham and hurting his ribs. Vick lasted just six plays before injuring his thumb against Pittsburgh the week before.
X-Rays taken at the stadium showed no broken bones or fractured cartilage, as were the MRI and CT scan he underwent on Tuesday. Vick, instead, bruised his ribs and the soft tissue surrounding it. He also needed X-Rays on his thumb, which were also negative.
Vick, 32, has completed just one full season (2006) over his 11-year NFL career, leading some to question whether he will have to alter his style of play to stay healthy. Rib injuries have sidelined him for three games in each of the past two seasons.
Philadelphia, which is expected to be a strong NFC contender this year, plays at Cleveland this Friday before hosting the Jets on Aug. 30 to wrap up the preseason. They’ll likely do so without their star quarterback.
Not that Vick couldn’t use the work. He led Philadelphia’s first-team offense to just one first down in the 12 plays he managed over the two preseason games.
“If he didn’t play again (in the preseason), then he’d be OK,” Reid said. “I would tell you I’d probably like to see him play a little bit more, but he’s got enough experience. We’re not talking about a rookie. I think he’ll probably be OK.”
Rookie Nick Foles, a third-round pick out of Arizona, is the Eagles’ No. 2 quarterback.