Quarterback Injuries: Seasons Altered

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Sunday was not a very good day to be a quarterback. Alex Smith of the San Francisco 49ers, Michael Vick of the Philadelphia Eagles, and Jay Cutler of the Chicago Bears all suffered concussions on the same day. All three left their respective games, which leaves a lot of concern going forward for these teams, presenting questions about their star quarterbacks’ health and their 2012 seasons.

Oct. 29, 2012; Glendale, AZ, USA; San Francisco 49ers quarterback (11) Alex Smith prior to the game against the Arizona Cardinals at University of Phoenix Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-US PRESSWIRE


The fact that Alex Smith stayed in to throw a touchdown pass against the Rams alludes to his being the least-serious injury. “He’s doing much better, had a good night sleep, and his symptoms were positive today,” 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh said Monday. His status is still questionable at this point with a match-up against the Bears next week.

That leads us to the concussion that Jay Cutler suffered Sunday night. He is also listed as questionable against the 49ers next week, indicating that it isn’t serious enough to miss extended time. Then again, the 49ers and Bears coaches might just want to sit these quarterbacks next week regardless. I wouldn’t want to face either defense even when healthy.

The most serious concussion injury appears to be Michael Vick, as he is listed as doubtful for this next week. Don’t expect him to play against the Redskins, and perhaps not the following week either. This presents an opportunity (whether they like it or not) for the Eagles to test rookie Nick Foles out of Arizona. Lots of controversy has surrounded Vick’s play this season, and the organization could be making some big changes moving forward, perhaps some that work towards Foles being the quarterback of the future.

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