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Eagles QB Vick could play Sunday if hand swelling goes down

  • By Dan Hanzus NFL.com
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The Philadelphia Eagles received good news on Michael Vick when it was determined Monday the quarterback has a contusion on his right hand, not a fracture as originally believed.

Eagles coach Andy Reid provided the update during his weekly news conference. He didn't rule out Vick for Sunday's game against the San Francisco 49ers, saying the quarterback's status will depend on the level of swelling in his hand during the week. Reid said Vick's hand is sensitive to the touch at this point.

Vick underwent a CT scan Monday, which provided the improved diagnosis. Reid said a blood vessel in the hand made it appear like a fracture had occurred in previous tests.

"It was a blood vessel sitting above the bone," Reid said. "That happens at times with X-rays. The blood vessel makes it look like it was a fracture. There is still a bunch of swelling. ... The positive is there is not a fracture there."

Vick was injured during the third quarter of Sunday's 29-16 loss to the New York Giants when he was hit by defensive tackle Chris Canty following a 23-yard pass to Jeremy Maclin. Vick was replaced by Mike Kafka.

"We will see how he does over the next couple of days," Reid said. "We have to get the swelling where it is manageable and he feels comfortable. It's about the same right now, and it's not to say that he can't play with the swelling, it's just got to be where he can bend his hand where he can work with it."

If Vick isn't able to play against the 49ers, NFL Network's Stacey Dales reports Reid has yet to decide on a backup quarterback between Kafka and Vince Young, who continues to recover from a preseason hamstring strain.

After the game, Vick railed against game officials, whom he believed weren't giving him the same treatment as other quarterbacks.

Reid didn't echo Vick's exact sentiments as to the approach that officials take with Vick, but he did acknowledge his quarterback is a target for opposing defenses.

"His best interest is always in my mind, when he's on the football field, in particular," Reid said. "I know he's a marked man. I think it's important that we all keep a close eye on him."

Reid also announced that Maclin is day to day with a hamstring injury. It initially was feared that Maclin could miss extended time with the injury, but an MRI exam came back with promising results.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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