Injured Vick misses practice Wednesday

Posted Nov. 16, 2011 @ 8:27 p.m.
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Michael Vick missed practice Wednesday with the two broken ribs he suffered in Week 10 and his status for Sunday night's game with the Giants is still up in the air.

Vince Young and Mike Kafka shared reps at Wednesday's indoor practice and will do so until Vick returns or is declared out.

WR Jeremy Maclin (shoulder) and OL King Dunlap (concussion) also didn't practice Wednesday.

Vick broke his two lower ribs on the second play of the Eagles' 21-17 loss to Arizona on Sunday. He didn't tell anyone he was hurt and played through the pain.

Fantasy Spin

I've always said that fantasy players are the most knowledgeable NFL fans. I will not start a quarterback who is not 100 percent healthy from rib injuries. Tony Romo is the most recent example. Injured and less than 100 percent from Weeks 3-8 (five games), he averaged 254.4 yards, 1.4 TDs and 1.2 interceptions. Those are No. 2 fantasy numbers. Romo has a two-game average of 274.5 yards, 2.5 TDs and zero interceptions and said he was finally feeling like he was 100 percent and his numbers are trending upward. It's clear how serious rib injuries are, even when the QB can play through it.

Even if Vick plays Sunday, you shouldn't start him unless he has practiced. If he doesn't practice and you hear they're going to give him a shot, give him a bench spot. Vick's rushing ability is what creates his fantasy value. The team will limit his rushing with injured ribs and that means he's suddenly a below-average fantasy QB.

The Eagles backup QB that you want is not Mike Kafka but Vince Young. It's surprising to critics that Broncos QB Tim Tebow has a 3-1 record despite obvious passing limitations, but Young is no different. He hasn't grown much as a quarterback and still counts on his legs to make plays. The Giants are beatable and Young will be able to run against them, making him a great one-week play if you're desperate. If it's Kafka, look elsewhere — he has no fantasy value.