Eagles dealing with rib injuries for Vick, McCoy

Posted Oct. 04, 2010 @ 2:09 p.m.
Posted By Eric Edholm

The Eagles continue to suffer crucial offensive injuries as QB Michael Vick and RB LeSean McCoy both suffered rib-related ailments in Sunday's loss to the Redskins, leaving their availability up in the air. Vick has a rib cartilage injury between his second and third ribs in his upper chest. He left the game Sunday, giving way to Kevin Kolb. But the surprise news was that McCoy has a fractured rib, an injury that could potentially keep him out for Week Five or beyond.

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If Vick has to miss time, the good news is that the Eagles have Kolb, whom head coach Andy Reid said his team believes in. Right now, it appears to be a pain-management issue for Vick, who was said to be walking very gingerly after the game. The likely procedure for Vick, whom Reid described as "day to day or week to week," is that he'll see how he feels Wednesday after his day off and figure out if he can practice. If he can't, that procedure will repeat Thursday and Friday.

Reid credited Vick's toughness in Monday's press conference and said the Eagles will run further tests, ostensibly to see if playing would cause any further damage. It's believed to be strictly a soft-tissue concern with no evidence of any broken bones.

That is not the case, however, for McCoy. He has a fractured rib, which leaves his status for Sunday's game against the 49ers very much in doubt. Say what you will about the 49ers at 0-4, but they have a hard-hitting defense, which makes McCoy's likelihood of playing low. The Eagles don't have great other options, which include Mike Bell, who has yet to show much ability since coming over from the Saints in the offseason. Bell has been a starter before and has some inside running ability, but he is nowhere close to the creative runner and receiver McCoy has appeared to be the past few weeks.

First C Jamaal Jackson and FB Leonard Weaver went down earlier in the season, and now Vick and McCoy suffer injuries. The latter two do not appear to be the season-ending types like those to Jackson and Weaver, but they weaken the offense nonetheless.

Kolb had an up-and-down relief appearance. He mostly checked down and took what he Redskins gave, missing some open targets deep. But considering he didn't have a lot of work during the week and he gave his team a chance to win (Jason Avant dropped a would-be TD in the endzone as time expired), Kolb must get some credit. His accuracy should improve with a week of practice if he has to play, as will his confidence.