Quarterback Michael Vick told reporters as he left the NovaCare Complex on Monday that he's "very relieved" to have not suffered a fractured right hand in Sunday's loss to the Giants.
Now, the question is whether the swelling from the contusion in his non-throwing hand can be reduced enough to be able to play this Sunday against the 49ers.
"It's still sore. It's still swollen, but I think with the rehab during the week we'll see how it recovers and how well it gets," Vick said in comments aired on NFL Network.
Vick said that he didn't know when a final decision would have to be made regarding his status for this Sunday's game. Even though the injury was suffered in his non-throwing hand, it's the hand that would receive the pressure from the snap on every play.
"There's always the risk of having the injury and making it worse when you step back onto the field," Vick said. "If I'm out there, that's something that I won't even consider."
The injury was suffered late in the third quarter when he threw a pass for Jeremy Maclin and braced to receive an arguably late hit from Giants defensive tackle Chris Canty. The hand was injured as it was sandwiched between Canty's helmet and Vick's helmet.
Vick went to the locker room for X-rays but came back in the game for one more series. When it appeared as if the X-rays revealed a fracture, Vick was finished for the game. However, a CT scan on Monday showed that it was a blood vessel - not a fracture - that appeared on the X-ray.
Head coach Andy Reid said Monday that Vick had not been ruled out for the 49ers game.
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