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Vicks Suffers Rib Injury, Jones-Drew’s Holdout May Continue to Regular Season

You can’t help but wonder if Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Michael Vick is a fragile player. On Monday night, Vick got hit in the middle on the game’s sixth play against the New England Patriots. He left the field and had X-rays taken.

They came out negative but he remained out of the game to watch his team on the sidelines and win, 27-17.

Coach Andy Reid said of his quarterback, “He’s sore. He was trying to talk me into going back in, so how sore is sore?”

On Tuesday, Vick underwent additional tests;; they disclosed there is no cartilage damage, reported PFT.

Vick has now suffered two injuries in this short preseason. In the team’s first game against the Pittsburgh Steelers, he hit his left thumb on the helmet of his team’s center, Jason Kelce. It was also a short game for Vick: again, only six plays.

The latest injury isn’t expected to have an impact on Vick’s opening start against the Cleveland Browns in Game 1 on Sept. 9.

Meanwhile, one player who doesn’t appear to be moving forward in this upcoming season is Jacksonville Jaguars running back Maurice Jones-Drew. And now an impetus to get him going could be a trade, according to ESPN.

The situation is really going south.

Jaguars owner Shad Khan said earlier this week in response to Jones-Drew, “Train is leaving the station; Run, get on it.” Needless to say, the comment didn’t make the player smile.

But this wasn’t the first dig by Khan. He previously said to Yahoo, “He’s not here, and that’s his decision. Believe me, it’s not a great concern. You hope for the best, and you plan for the worst. Our goals for the season don’t change, and if he isn’t here, he isn’t here. I don’t control it. It’s his choice.”

For Jones, he has two years left on his five-year, $31 million contract from 2009. PFT explained the situation for Jones-Drew and the team: If he shows up prior to the  Tuesday after Week 10, he can finish out the season and receive credit for this year’s service on his contract.  But if he doesn’t report by the Tuesday after Week 10, he can neither play for the Jaguars nor anyone else in 2012.

Then, his contract would kick to to 2013 and leave him signed for two more seasons.

Somehow I don’t see Jones-Drew playing at all for the Jaguars this season.

 

 

Debbie Baratz

Deb has been writing about the NFL and NCAA football for the last few years. She is a full-time writer and an avid sports fan. Follow her on twitter @ldbar.

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