NFL Rdp: Rough day physically for QBs in Week 3


That's the kind of day it was for several NFL quarterbacks, most notably Michael Vick, who broke his right hand, and Mark Sanchez, who might have done the same to his nose.

Adding more pain Sunday, both lost.

So did Sam Bradford, who was sacked five times, and Matt Ryan, who went down four times.

Vick started for Philadelphia despite suffering a concussion in last week's loss at Atlanta. He left the 29-16 defeat at the hands of the New York Giants with the broken hand in the fourth quarter after helping the Eagles overcome a 14-0 first-quarter deficit to take a 16-14 lead.

It's uncertain how long Vick will be out.

Vick not only was hurting, he was annoyed that no flag was thrown on the hit by defensive lineman Chris Canty. It appeared Canty hit Vick in the facemask with his helmet. Vick sat on the ground, lifted his helmet off slightly before getting helped up by a teammate and an official.

"Every time I throw the ball, I'm on the ground," Vick said. "I get hit in the head. I don't know why I don't get the 15-yard flag like everybody else does. I'm not trying to blame the refs. I just want them to take notice."

Sanchez had a red welt under his right eye that stretched across the bridge of his nose. He was battered by Oakland in the Raiders' 34-24 win, but wasn't sure who smacked him.

"I have no idea," said Sanchez after passing for a career-high 369 yards and two touchdowns. "I just came off the sideline and my nose was killing me."

Elsewhere, Baltimore routed Bradford and the St. Louis Rams 37-7, and Ryan's Atlanta Falcons fell to Tampa Bay 16-13.

Also, it was Green Bay 27, Chicago 17; Buffalo 34, New England 31; New Orleans 40, Houston 33; Detroit 26, Minnesota 23 in overtime; Pittsburgh 23, Indianapolis 20; Tennessee 17, Denver 14; Carolina 16, Jacksonville 10; San Diego 20, Kansas City 17; Seattle 13, Arizona 10; Cleveland 17, Miami 16; and San Francisco 13, Cincinnati 8.

Washington is at Dallas on Monday night.

At Philadelphia, with Vick out, Eli Manning was the star passer. Manning threw four touchdown passes, including two to unheralded Victor Cruz.

Without their Pro Bowl quarterback, the Eagles (1-2) hardly look like the "Dream Team" that entered the season with Super Bowl-or-bust expectations. The Giants (2-1) have won two in a row and snapped a six-game losing streak against their division rivals.

"It means the world to me because a lot of people were saying our receivers were down and who would step up and I was happy to be that guy that stepped up to help my team," Cruz said.