Eagles rookie quarterback Nick Foles has a broken right hand, and coach Andy Reid said Michael Vick will likely start against the New York Giants in Sunday’s season finale.
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Reid said Monday that Foles broke his throwing hand in the second quarter of a 27-20 loss to Washington, but returned to the game after X-rays at the stadium were negative.
Vick hasn’t played since suffering a concussion during a loss to the Cowboys on Nov. 11. He was recently cleared to return.
”There’s a pretty good chance Michael will be the starter,” Reid said. ”That’s what we’re looking at right now. That’s the direction I’m going as we speak right now.”
The Eagles (4-11) went 1-5 with the 23-year-old Foles as the starter.
”I banged it up a little in the first half,” he said. ”It didn’t affect my throwing at all.”
An MRI taken on Monday revealed a hairline fracture, Reid said.
Reid added because it’s a non-displaced fracture, Foles should be 100 percent in about three weeks.
Foles, a third-round pick out of Arizona, completed 60.8 percent of his passes for an Eagles rookie record 1,699 yards, with six touchdowns and five interceptions in seven games following Vick’s injury.
The Eagles were 3-6 in Vick’s nine starts this year. Vick, in his fourth season with Philadelphia, completed 58.5 percent of his passes for 2,165 yards with 11 TDs and nine interceptions before his injury.
Vick was not in uniform Sunday. Veteran Trent Edwards served as Foles’ backup, and he’ll be Vick’s backup against the Giants. Edwards has not thrown a pass this year.
The Giants go into the game with faint playoff hopes. They need a win over the Eagles and losses by Minnesota, Chicago and Dallas to reach the postseason.