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Michael Vick Injury: Eagles QB Injures Ribs, Unlikely To Play Friday Against Browns

The Eagles will likely be without their star QB this Friday.

Aug 20, 2012; Foxborough, MA, USA; Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Michael Vick (7) walks to the locker room during the first half of a game against the New England Patriots at Gillette Stadium.  Mandatory Credit: Mark L. Baer-US PRESSWIRE
Aug 20, 2012; Foxborough, MA, USA; Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Michael Vick (7) walks to the locker room during the first half of a game against the New England Patriots at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark L. Baer-US PRESSWIRE

After taking a brutal hit to the ribs Monday night against the Patriots, it is unlikely that Michael Vick will play this Friday against the Cleveland Browns.

Not only is it a very short week for the Eagles, but Vick has already left both preseason games with an injury. X-rays have been negative both times, but that won't stop the Eagles from being extra cautious. Coach Andy Reid seems content to let Vick sit out the rest of the preseason to ensure that he'll be ready for Week 1.

Another reason the Browns are unlikely to see Vick, or many other Philly offensive weapons, is that the two teams square off in the first week of the regular season. Neither coach will want to show the other too much of what he has planned.

For more on the Cleveland Browns, check out their SB Nation blog at Dawgs By Natureand SB Nation Cleveland. More news and analysis on the NFL as preseason begins can be found over at SB Nation's dedicated NFL hub.

Photographs by spatulated, Triple Tri, and chrischappelear used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.