When Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Michael Vick jogged off the field in Thursday’s preseason game against the Pittsburgh Steelers, shaking his hand after hitting it on teammate Jason Kelce‘s helmet, a collective groan echoed from Eagles Nation.
NFL.com and NFL Network’s Kimberly Jones later reported that X-rays taken on Vick’s thumb were negative. The question this week on radio shows and in the blogosphere will be if Vick should sit out next Monday’s matchup with the New England Patriots and how much he should play the rest of the preseason.
Eric Davis, “NFL AM” analyst and former Pro Bowl cornerback, scoffed at the idea that Vick will miss any time.
“It’s a boo-boo on the thumb,” Davis mocked. “He got a boo-boo.”
Vick has proven to be one of the toughest players in the NFL, and while he might miss a practice or two, we shouldn’t expect Thursday’s incident to hinder him in the long run.
NFL.com’s Steve Wyche noted that an injured thumb could have the most effect in the running game.
“It’s on the handoffs, a lot of bruising that can take place when you put that ball in the gut,” he said.
Davis added that the only worry the coaches should have is the offensive line not giving Vick enough room in the pocket.
“That is one of those situations where you are talking to one of your offensive linemen and just say ‘You can’t be soft in the pocket, you have to give him room to step up to be able to execute the throw, and that is really who they are going to talk to most,” he said. “(Vick) has to play, you need him to get the work on his timing, do the things that are necessary, you can’t worry about him hurting his thumb on a helmet from a lineman.”