Michael Vick exits with broken hand
PHILADELPHIA -- One week after suffering a concussion in a rough-and-tumble loss to the Falcons, Eagles quarterback Michael Vick broke his right hand on what he considered a late hit in Philadelphia's 29-16 loss to the rival New York Giants.
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"I was trying to protect myself," Vick said in his postgame news conference. "Still didn't get a flag and that's pretty much been the story for the last three weeks. I mean, obviously at some point something catastrophic is going to happen and I broke my hand."
It appeared on replays that Canty hit Vick in the face mask with his helmet. Vick, who throws with his left hand, sat on the ground, lifted his helmet off slightly before getting helped up by a teammate and an official.
"Looking at the replays, I'm on the ground every time, and I'd be lying if I said I wasn't frustrated," Vick said. "The refs have got to do their jobs. And I mentioned it to the refs in training camp when I talked to them. I'm on the ground constantly, all the time. Every time I throw the ball, I'm on the ground. And I don't know why I don't get the 15-yard flags like everybody else does."
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Coach Andy Reid said Vick would have a CT scan Monday.
"I don't know anything right now except my hand is broken," Vick said when asked if he could play against San Francisco next week.
Sunday wasn't the first time the Eagles have questioned the treatment of Vick.
Last December Reid said he was tired of seeing Vick get hit after the whistle.
"It bothers me to be honest with you. That bothers me. I see the same thing you're seeing and it bothers me," Reid said at the time."He does run, but he's still the quarterback and you can't treat him like he's a running back there. That's not what the rules state."
Every time I throw the ball, I'm on the ground. And I don't know why I don't get the 15-yard flags like everybody else does.” -- Michael Vick
Sources told ESPN's Sal Paolantonio then that the Eagles were so bothered they brought the issue to officials at the league office.
On Sunday, Vick said he wouldn't blame the referees for the hits, but wanted someone to "take notice."
Vick was temporarily replaced by Mike Kafka after heading to the locker room for X-rays on his right hand early in the fourth quarter. But Vick returned during a time-out and Kafka left the huddle.
Vick played one more series before again being replaced by Kafka.
Dan Graziano covers the NFC East for ESPN.com. Information from ESPNNewYork.com's Jane McManus and The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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