The Eagles were inches away from using Jason Avant and Chad Hall at quarterback in the preseason finale against the New York Jets Thursday.
Vince Young made
his start in the preseason look easy until the last Eagles play
of the first half.
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With Michael Vick
watching safely from the sidelines, the veteran Young almost effortlessly
completed 15 of 23 attempts for 193 yards, one touchdown and a 105.9 passer
But Young pulled
up lame with what the Eagles are calling a right hamstring injury on the
Eagles’ last play before the intermission. An MRI has been ordered for Friday.
Young’s right leg
buckled as he dropped to the ground during a scramble that ended with an
incomplete pass in the vicinity of Chad Hall.
The irony is it
happened on a fourth down the Eagles got only because the Jets were offside on
the previous snap.
Had Eagles holder
Chas Henry been able to set the ball up properly for kicker Alex Henery on
fourth-and-goal, he wouldn’t have thrown an interception, and head coach
Andy Reid almost certainly would have taken the easy three points on the field
goal rather than another play.
penalty made it fourth-and-one at the 9-yard line.
checked Young’s right calf and the back of the knee. He was able to walk to the
locker room without help.
The Eagles got
another scare with 7:54 left in the third quarter when Mike Kafka took a hard
and high shot from rookie linebacker Mathias Berning, who ran free up the
middle. The Eagles called time to check Kafka out after he was flattened by the
236-pound Berning. Kafka returned without an issue.
On the previous
series Kafka led the Eagles to the touchdown giving them a 21-7 lead 9:51 left
in the quarter.