Following the Eagles' 35-31 loss to the Atlanta Falcons, head coach Andy Reid addressed the media, giving an update on Michael Vick's late-game injury. The 10-year veteran quarterback suffered a concussion after accidentally banging facemasks with teammate Todd Herremans following a pass attempt. No timetable has yet been given for the 2010 Comeback Player of the Year's return.
"Michael's doing okay," said Reid. "He was spitting up some blood there, because he bit his tongue during the hit. I'm just letting Rick Burkholder and the team doctors handle the situation right now. "
When Vick was helped off the field by medical staff, the Eagles were ahead by 10 points. That lead quickly evaporated in the final 10 minutes of the fourth quarter, as the Falcons ended the game by scoring 14 unanswered points.
"We just made too many mistakes. Too many turnovers," said Reid. "We were all in it together, and we all own part of the blame. We'll get this straightened out. I'd like to give the Falcons credit, though. They did a good job of coming back and battling through. We need to do a better job as coaches and as a team. We'll analyze the tape tomorrow and be ready for to play the Giants next Sunday."
Despite failing to score after Vick left the game, reserve Mike Kafka was efficient in his absence. The second-year player out of Northwestern went seven-of-nine for 72 yards in limited time, and was able to get the Eagles into the red zone down four points in the closing minutes of the game. A dropped pass by Jeremy Maclin on fourth down sealed the Eagles' fate.
"I think Mike Kafka did a great job out there, said Reid. "I really want to emphasize that."
Asked if he'd be comfortable going into next week with Kafka at quarterback if Vick and Vince Young were to not be ready, the 13-year head coach said that he's "not totally sure where Vince Young will be, in terms of his injury, next week" and that he trusts Mike Kafka to be able to handle the offense if called upon.