Thursday, September 1, 2011

Vince Young hurts hamstring; Mike Kafka takes a shot to the ribs

The Eagles were inches away from using Jason Avant and Chad Hall at quarterback in the preseason finale against the New York Jets Thursday.
Eagles regroup after Jets pull within 21-14

Vince Young made his start in the preseason look easy until the last Eagles play of the first half.

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 rating.

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.

Instead the penalty made it fourth-and-one at the 9-yard line.

The Eagles 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.


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