PHILADELPHIA — About 24 hours after the Eagles were downed at home by the Giants, coach Andy Reid took the podium Monday to reveal QB Michael Vick does not have a broken non-throwing hand like originally diagnosed.
As Reid explained it, several different X-rays were taken of Vick’s hand during the game. The initial images showed no break. Vick returned for a series and as the swelling and pain increased, and later set of X-rays revealed the injury was likely a fracture.
A CT scan on Monday morning showed Vick’s injury wasn’t a fracture, but instead a blood vessel sitting over the bone. It’s why, Reid said, the bone contusion — more commonly known as a deep bruise — was thought to be a fracture.
Reid said that Vick’s hand is still sensitive to the touch and has a good amount of swelling. Essentially, Vick’s timetable to return will depend upon how quickly they can reduce the swelling and manage the pain. If you’re a glass-half-full kind of person, this is all positive and Vick could be back sooner than expected.
Reid has yet to decide who would be the No. 2 quarterback if Vick can’t play against the 49ers. He noted that Vince Young still wasn’t 100 percent last week as he recovers from a preseason hamstring strain, although added he is very close. Mike Kafka has served as the backup the last two weeks.
But Reid indicated Vick was “relieved” to find out the hand wasn’t broken, and he’s probably not the only one.
– Stacey Dales
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