49ers Won't Face Michael Vick

By Joe Kukura
|  Tuesday, Oct 5, 2010  |  Updated 2:15 PM PDT
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PHILADELPHIA - OCTOBER 03: Michael Vick #7 of the Philadelphia Eagles runs the ball against Brian Orakpo #98 of the Washington Redskins on October 3, 2010 at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

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Philadelphia Eagles quarterback and convicted dog-fighter Michael Vick evidently has a little bit more debt to society to pay.  He will not play in this week's Sunday Night Football match-up with the San Francisco 49ers at Candlestick Park.

ESPN's Adam Schefter confirmed Monday night via Twitter that "A rib cartilage injury will prevent Eagles QB Michael Vick from playing Sunday at SF, according to source familiar with situation."

Do you believe in karmic justice for mistreated dogs? Take a look at the hit that busted Vick's ribs Sunday against the Redskins, and Vick's keeled-over stumbling back to the Eagles' bench.

I will admit to feeling a tiny bit smug and amused even though the man appears to be feeling an enormous amount of pain.

Vick, you may have noticed, has been the comeback player of the season thus far. In four games, he's thrown six touchdowns, no interceptions, and has a 108.8 quarterback rating.

He's kind of been one of the top quarterbacks in the NFL this season. He's the third-highest rated, at least.

It really helps the 49ers' quest for one win that he isn't going to play Sunday. 

"Usually I'm a fast healer, so we'll have to see," Vick told the Bruce Smith Show on WXTG Virginia Beach, Comcast reports. "It won't be no more than two weeks, hopefully. Hopefully."

In Vick's absence, the Eagles go crawling back to Kevin Kolb. Kolb threw for a touchdown but was intercepted and fumbled twice in relief of Vick in a 17-12 Eagles loss.

Joe Kukura is a freelance writer who assures you that Eagles-49ers Sunday night will not overlap with San Francisco Giants playoffs, because Sunday's NLDS Game 3 begins at 1:37 p.m. PDT. But you might really might only have time for one quick trip to the liquor store in between. 

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