PHILADELPHIA — Michael Vick has needed four medical tests through two preseason games and has completed only four passes.
That is an ominous sign for the Philadelphia Eagles.
The three-time Pro Bowl quarterback left Monday night's win at New England after injuring his ribs on his sixth play. He lasted just six plays against Pittsburgh before being forced out by an injured left thumb.
X-rays on Vick's ribs at the stadium were negative, and an MRI and CT scan on Tuesday revealed he has no broken bones or fractured cartilage. Vick has a contusion of his ribs and of the soft tissue surrounding it. He also needed X-rays on his thumb, and those tests were also negative.
It is likely Vick won't take another snap until the Eagles (No. 8 in the AP Pro32) open the regular season at Cleveland on Sept. 9.
"I'm just going to play it by ear," coach Andy Reid said after the victory over the Patriots. "I'm not going to say anything about where we're at with that right now."
Considering Vick has been injury prone — he missed three games because of rib injuries in each of the past two seasons — it seems risky to play him in the last two preseason games. The Eagles visit the Browns this Friday and host the New York Jets on Aug. 30.
Then again, Vick looks as though he needs work.
"If he didn't play again (in the preseason) then he'd be OK," Reid said. "I would tell you I'd probably like to see him play a little bit more, but he's got enough experience. We're not talking about a rookie. I think he'll probably be OK."
Vick has led the offense to just one first down in 12 plays. The Patriots weren't even using their starters against Philadelphia's first-team offense.
Vick was injured on a hard shot by linebacker Jermaine Cunningham after heaving a deep pass. In hindsight, it was a busted play, and Vick probably should have dumped the ball off short instead of throwing deep and exposing himself to a big hit.
Vick vowed throughout the summer to avoid the reckless play that often has landed him in the trainer's room. But he dove headfirst on a running play before getting knocked out of the game.
The thumb injury in the opener was on a freak play. He banged his thumb on center Jason Kelce's helmet on his follow-through while making a pass.
COLTS HOPING COLLIE RECOVERS: Austin Collie, a former BYU star, continues to tell teammates and coaches that he's feeling well after being diagnosed with yet another concussion.
They're hoping he will be all right.
But the usually jovial attitude inside the Colts' locker room turned serious whenever the topic turned to Collie and his history of head injuries.
Collie has sustained at least three concussions in less than 22 months and sat out six of the last eight games and most of a seventh at the end of the 2010 season after twice leaving games following big hits.
Some players contend the forearm to the head Collie took early in Sunday's 26-24 loss should have drawn a penalty.
All are just hoping he's healthy enough to make it back onto the field soon.
JONES-DREW UNHAPPY WITH OWNER'S COMMENTS: Maurice Jones-Drew's holdout appears far from over.
His agent Adisa Bakari tells The Associated Press that the Jacksonville Jaguars running back isn't pleased with owner Shad Khan's recent public comments about his client's 28-day holdout.
"Maurice wants to play for an organization that wants him and for an owner who respects him and values what he brings to a team — on the field, in the locker room and in the community," Bakari says.
Khan said last week that MJD's absence "doesn't even move the needle" in terms of stress. On Tuesday, Khan said, "This is not a team about one person." His message to Jones-Drew: "train's leaving the station. Run, get on it."
Bakari says those statements don't sit well with MJD.
"Obviously, he's not happy that what started as a very cordial and private conversation is now public and contentious," Bakari says.
ROOKIE TO START AT QB FOR SEAHAWKS: Rookie Russell Wilson will get the start at quarterback for the Seattle Seahawks when they travel to Kansas City for their third preseason game.
Seahawks coach Pete Carroll made the announcement Tuesday following practice. He did not indicate how much Wilson will play, but he will get time with the No. 1 offense after playing the entire second half in each of Seattle's first two preseason games.
Wilson has impressed during those two halves. He's completed 22 of 33 passes for 279 yards, three touchdowns and one interception. Wilson has also run for 92 yards and a touchdown.
Matt Flynn, who started the first two preseason games, will back up Wilson against the Chiefs.
PETERSON LIKELY TO SIT PRESEASON: The Minnesota Vikings have a better idea about how to prepare Adrian Peterson and his surgically repaired left knee for the season.
Their plan is to simply load him up with a variety of work in practice over the next two weeks, rather than put him in an exhibition game for a couple of carries. Coach Leslie Frazier confirmed Tuesday his change of mind about Peterson's preseason action. Frazier originally said he wanted Peterson to experience some contact in a game setting before the regular season begins.
The most notable development might be Peterson's reaction.
Frazier says, for the first time since they began discussing how to reintegrate him into team activities, the star running back didn't argue for more freedom. The coach says Peterson even used the word "patience."
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