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Eagles QB Nick Foles has broken hand, which could press Michael Vick into starting role

Nick Foles will miss the season finale with a broken hand (Getty Images)

Rookie quarterback Nick Foles played the second half of Sunday's loss to the Washington Redskins with a broken right hand, an injury that will keep the third-round pick out of the regular-season finale against the New York Giants, said Philadelphia Eagles head coach Andy Reid on Monday.

An MRI revealed that Foles suffered a hairline fracture of the second metatarsal of his throwing hand.

"Nick will obviously not play", Reid said according to the team's official website. "This was something that showed up on the MRI this morning, it wasn't present on the X-ray."

Foles completed 32-of-48 pass attempts for 345 yards with a touchdown and an interception in the 27-20 loss. In six starts since replacing an injured (and often ineffective) Michael Vick, Foles completed 60.8 percent of his attempts for 1,699 yards with six touchdowns and five interceptions for a passer rating of 79.1. Foles had a passer rating of 85.0 or higher in four of his six starts and is expected to compete for the starting quarterback job in 2013.

With Foles out, the Eagles could turn back to Vick for the season finale, though a final determination has not been made.

"There's a pretty good chance Michael will be the starter," Reid said. "That's what we're looking at right now. That's the direction I'm going as we speak right now."

That may be the direction Reid is going, but the front office may wish to go in a different one.

Vick is due $15.5 million in base salary next season, $3 million of which is guaranteed for injury. If Vick is on the Eagles' roster two days after Super Bowl XLVII, that $3 million will become fully guaranteed. Avoiding that potential contract obligation is believed to be the reason behind the team's previous decisions to not only name Foles the starter for the remainder of the regular season, but to make Vick inactive even after he was medically cleared to play. If Vick were to be injured in the season finale, and could not pass an exit physical or a physical in February, the Eagles would be on the hook for that $3 million, regardless of whether or not Vick remains on the active roster.

Since Reid is expected to be relieved of his duties, perhaps as early as next week, it would not be a surprise if the team ultimately decides that starting Trent Edwards is the Week 17 starter.

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