The Eagles seemingly meaningless preseason opener against the Steelers gained meaning in the second quarter when Michael Vick hit his throwing hand against a helmet and left the field shaking his left hand while wincing in pain.
Luckily, Vick didn't break anything during the Eagles' 24-23 win Thurday.
"When I first hit it I heard something pop," Vick said after the game. "I lost feeling in it for a second but once I got to the sideline -- after about 30 minutes -- I started getting felling back."
Vick struck his left hand on the back of center Jason Kelce’s helmet on an errant 3rd-and-8 throw. The Eagles play-making QB almost immediately grabbed his hand.
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He wouldn’t return as backup Mike Kafka stepped in on the Eagles next drive.
On the sideline after the injury Vick's top target DeSean Jackson said it appeared that Vick's hand was a bit swollen.
Vick remained on the sideline as Kafka took over. He appeared to have his left thumb in a cup of ice as he watched the backups do their thing.
A little after halftime the team announced that X-rays on Vick's hand came back negative.
It was unclear if the starters were only set to play for the two drives they played. In those two drives Vick completed three of four passes for six yards and a 77.1 passing rating. The Eagles went three-and-out on both drives.
"He hurt this thumb, but you saw him gripping the ball, and he was fine by the end of the game. He just hit the nerve on the top there -- like a stinger on your thumb," said coach Andy Reid. "He got it x-rayed and there were no breaks in there."