Eagles quarterback Michael Vick is likely to play Sunday against the 49ers despite a deep bone bruise in his right hand, team sources said Tuesday.
If the swelling in his non-throwing hand decreases and he is cleared to play by a doctor, Vick will start for the second straight week in spite of injury. He suffered a concussion against the Falcons on Sept. 18, but passed evaluations the following days and was in the lineup on Sunday against the Giants.
Vick injured his hand in the third quarter when Giants defensive tackle Chris Canty hit him after he threw a pass. He stayed in for the rest of the drive, but left shortly thereafter for x-rays. The original x-ray was negative, the Eagles said, so Vick re-entered the game. However, when a second x-ray revealed a hairline fracture Vick was pulled, according to the team.
On Monday, Andy Reid said that Vick's hand was not broken and that it was bruised. The Eagles coach said a blood vessel made it appear on the x-ray that there was a break. Vick later called the injury a "deep bone bruise." Reid said the swelling had to go down before the Eagles would consider who was starting at quarterback Sunday.
If Vick isn't able to go, Vince Young and Mike Kafka are the two other options. Young, listed No. 2 on the depth chart, didn't dress for the first two games of the season because of a hamstring strain. He was active against the Giants, but when Vick left, Kafka was called upon.
Kafka threw an interception on his first throw, though, and looked shaky the rest of the way. Reid said Young wasn't 100 percent last week, but it appears likely he would be the choice ahead of Kafka if Vick was held back.