Tuesday, September 20, 2011
Vick pushing to practice Wednesday
By Dan Graziano
ESPN's Sal Paolantonio offered an update on the Michael Vick concussion situation today on NFL Live. Sal reports, citing league sources, the Philadelphia Eagles' quarterback "desperately wants to get back on the practice field as soon as possible -- that means Wednesday morning, when (offensive coordinator) Marty Mornhinweg installs the game plan against the Giants, whose dizzying array of blitz packages gave Vick fits last season. Vick wanted to return to the game on Sunday night, but the team trainers took his helmet and shoulder pads from him."
But the Eagles, Sal says, don't want to rush Vick through the process required by the league to allow a player to return from a concussion. Vick has to pass all of his concussion tests, take an MRI and see the independent neurologist who has to approve his return -- a process that normally takes 3-5 days. The Eagles don't want to bring Vick back too soon and risk a recurrence of symptoms that would cost him practice time later in the week.
"They've got a $100 million investment to protect," Sal says. "And the conservative approach designed by Eagles trainer Rick Burkholder has been successful in bringing back several concussed players over the last two years -- DeSean Jackson, Riley Cooper and Jason Avant."
What I get from Sal's report is that we shouldn't expect Vick to practice Wednesday, but that the team is trying to proceed in such a way as to get him back for as soon a game as possible -- and that Sunday remains possible.