Though he gave the team a scare, the thumb injury quarterback Michael Vick sustained in Thursday night's preseason opener against the Steelers is not serious. Vick injured his left thumb early in the second quarter after accidentally hitting center Jason Kelce's helmet.
"I did the same, similar type of thing last year against Dallas, but I was able to come back the next week and play," Vick said after the game. "But this time I heard a pop. Thankfully it was because of the collision; not because of a broken bone."
Kelce was able to joke on Twitter after the game that he should play with an old-style leather helmet so he won't have to worry about such an occurrence happening again. He, too, was relieved when the X-rays taken on Vick's thumb were negative.
"You would hate to have your franchise quarterback to go down in the first preseason game because he hits his hand on his own teammate's helmet," Kelce said. "Mike's done a lot of work this offseason to improve his game. As an offense, we're running better."
With the starting defense on the field for much of the first quarter, Vick's night Thursday was a short one. The quarterback finished the night 3-of-4 for only 6 yards.
Vick has said throughout the offseason that he is making his health a priority, though his injury Thursday night did occur while inside the pocket. Vick did not have any rushing yards in the game, though he was sacked on a scramble in the first quarter.
The Eagles' next preseason game is August 20 at New England.
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