Will Yoder
Monday November 21st, 2011

The Philadelphia Eagles are optimistic about star quarterback Michael Vick’s chances of returning from a rib injury by next Sunday’s contest against the New England Patriots, according to the Philadelphia Inquirer.

Vick sat out Sunday night’s crucial 17-10 victory over the New York Giants with a pair of broken ribs. The Pro Bowl quarterback’s absence marked the first time that Vick had failed to appear in a game this season for the Eagles. However, the former No. 1 overall  pick has dealt with a myriad of injuries this season.

In his absence, backup quarterback Vince Young helped compile an 18-play, 80-yard drive in the fourth quarter to help the Eagles claim the victory. The game-winning push capped off what had been an up-and-down start for Young who had completed 23 of 36 passes for 258 yards, two touchdowns, and three interceptions.

With their victory, Philadelphia is currently 4-6, which places them third in the NFC East division behind the Giants and the Dallas Cowboys. It is believed the team will likely have to win the remainder of their games in order to reach the playoffs. Vick, who emerged as the team’s starter in 2010, has failed to produce at the level he did last season that earned him NFL Comeback Player of the Year honors. In 12 games last season, he threw 21 touchdowns to just six interceptions and posted a 100.2 passer rating. Through nine games this season he has thrown for 11 touchdowns and 11 interceptions while posting a 79.8 passer rating.

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