Just when it looked like everything in the Eagles' offense was going swimmingly, rib injuries to QB Michael Vick and RB LeSean McCoy in Week Four have drastically changed the outlook.
Vick was reportedly in severe pain when he left Sunday's loss, and head coach Andy Reid said Monday that the QB might have cracked cartilage between his ribs. That doesn't bode well for Vick's chances of facing the 49ers this week, and it may be multiple weeks before he's able to step back onto the playing field.
Kevin Kolb didn't exactly light it up entering in relief vs. the Redskins, throwing for 201 yards, one TD and one interception but completing a majority of his passes to McCoy and FB Owen Schmitt. His presence in the lineup likely would be detrimental to WRs DeSean Jackson and Jeremy Maclin, who were clicking with Vick but were invisible Sunday. TE Brent Celek, who had his first TD catch of the season Sunday, would be the lone pass catcher to benefit.
In the backfield, meanwhile, McCoy could be forced to miss time after fracturing a rib in Sunday's game. He has been tremendously productive in the early going, especially in PPR formats, as he's picking up 111.3 yards from scrimmage and catching 5.8 passes per game. But Philly may opt to rest him instead of exposing him to further injury, which could mean Mike Bell gets the call in Week Five. While Bell wouldn't be a bad player to own in this potent offense, he offers nowhere near the upside of McCoy.