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Vick says broken hand came from late hit

Sep 25, 2011, 2:42 p.m.
Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Michael Vick (C) sits with a hand injury between Eagles receivers Jeremy Maclin (18) and DeSean Jackson (R) while playing against the New York Giants during the fourth quarter of NFL football action in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, September 25, 2011. REUTERS/Tim Shaffer

By Larry Fine

PHILADELPHIA (Reuters) - Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Michael Vick fractured his right hand in Sunday's 29-16 loss to the New York Giants, just a week after he was concussed in his team's defeat to the Atlanta Falcons.

Vick broke the bone when he took a hit from defensive tackle Chris Canty after he completed a key pass to Jeremy Maclin during the third-quarter, go-ahead drive.

Vick later complained that the hit was late and he was at a loss why officials took no action.

"I was trying to protect myself and still I didn't get a flag," Vick told reporters.

"I'm on the ground constantly, all the time. Every time I throw the ball, I'm on the ground.

"I don't know why I don't get the 15-yard flags everybody else does."

Vick briefly stayed in the game, directing the Eagles to a first down at the two-yard line. Three times the Eagles tried to run the ball into the end zone, once on a sneak by Vick, but the Giants kept them out and Philadelphia had to settle for a field goal.

The quarterback, who completed 16-of-23 passes with one interception in the game and ran four times for 31 yards, returned to the field for another series of downs after having his hand x-rayed in the locker room.

But he was later taken off by Eagles coach Reid and replaced by back-up Mike Kafka, who threw two interceptions as the Giants came back from 16-14 down to clinch victory.

Vick said he had not been bothered by any post-concussion symptoms and was unsure how long he would out of the game after breaking his hand.

(Reporting by Larry Fine, Editing by Julian Linden)

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