The Philadelphia Eagles just cannot seem to catch a break (no pun intended) these days. In last night’s loss to the New York Jets, backup quarterback suffered what is described as a broken third metacarpal on his non-throwing hand. He suffered the injury while being sacked by Jets reserve nose tackle C.J. Mosley, more than likely while holding onto the ball too long.
Feeley is scheduled to see a hand specialist today. Eagles head coach Andy Reid told David Aldridge of the Philadelphia Inquirer, “It shouldn’t be IR. I’d be surprised if it was.” Contingent on the results from the hand specialist, Kevin Kolb would automatically become the #2 QB. Kolb has had an impressive preseason thus far, but it is imperative that Donovan McNabb, the team’s #1 QB, stay healthy for preferably the entire season as Kolb isn’t quite ready to step in.
According to Feeley, he said that he had no difficulty taking snaps or holding onto the ball and would not miss any time, adding, “I’m ready. I played the whole series with it. It’s not my throwing hand. That’s just the way it goes in football . . . it was fine, actually. Just draw on adrenaline a little bit. You just think it’s a nick or a pain here. It wasn’t until I came to the sideline when I was like, ‘You guys might want to look at this a little bit. It’s hurting a little bit more than it should.’ ”
That’s all fine and good A.J., but the hand specialist will probably know better than anyone what the severity of the injury is. But this will be a tough call for Reid and the Eagles’ medical staff; if the team decides to put Feeley on IR, it could possibly be a long season for the Eagles. McNabb, for the sake of repeating myself, needs to simply stay healthy. Another thing to consider – will the Eagles stick with just two QB’s on account of the Feeley injury? Former Eagles QB Kelly Holcomb was just recently signed by the Vikings, so the team has a major decision to make very soon regarding their QB status.