Patriots vs. Eagles: Michael Vick Reportedly Out, Vince Young to Start

This news certainly isn't unexpected or anything like that, but according to Albert Breer of NFL Network, Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Michael Vick will not play against the New England Patriots tomorrow in their 4:15 match-up.

Vick suffered a broken ribs injury in the Eagles' week ten loss to the Arizona Cardinals.  Last week, the Eagles started back-up quarterback Vince Young in Vick's place.  In a 17-10 victory over the New York Giants, Young tossed for 258 yards and two touchdowns, while throwing three interceptions.  Young looked a bit hesitant and rusty early, going 8-18 and throwing two interceptions in the first half, but came on strong near the game's finish (15-18 and the game winning touchdown).

The Patriots certainly have prepared for the potential for either quarterback to play, but with Vick missing practice all week, this is no surprise.

So what have the Patriots seen from Young in the past?

In 2006, Vince Young made his only career start against the Patriots in the season's final regular season game, and the final game of Young's rookie campaign.  Young went 15-36 for 227 yards for zero touchdowns and two interceptions.  Young was troublesome early, but the Patriots quickly figured out how to handle him in their 40-23 victory over Young's Titans.

Young's only other appearance came in mop up duty in Tennesee's 59-0 loss to New England in 2009.  Young threw just two passes in the game, both incomplete with one of them being intercepted by Patriots safety Patrick Chung.

Vince Young hasn't exactly been consistent during his first six years in the NFL, which is in a strong part why he is serving as a back-up this year in Philadelphia.  Nonetheless, Young's career record of 32-17 speaks for itself.  And for the 4-6 Eagles, there is no room for error - this will be a very difficult game for the Patriots on the road at Lincoln Financial Field.

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