Signs look good for Michael Vick
September, 21, 2011
By Dan Graziano | ESPN.com
The Philadelphia Eagles are saying that quarterback Michael Vick is doing well in his concussion testing, and indications from coach Andy Reid and trainer Rick Burkholder on Wednesday were that Vick has a chance to play Sunday against the Giants. Vick still has to see an independent neurologist, as the league requires, before he can be cleared to play, but Reid said that if Vick were cleared to play, he would play. From the Philadelphia Daily News:
Burkholder said Vick is "right in the middle of this process" and that he is progressing at the expected rate. Burkholder said he is not focused on whether Vick will play Sunday against the Giants, but instead just going through the concussion protocol process. An MRI on Monday was negative.
Vick took snaps in the team's walk-through Wednesday morning, and the Eagles said he would do some exercises during the afternoon practice to see how he handled it. He's not likely to have a full practice until Friday, if only because it could take a couple of days for the independent doctor to clear him. Burkholder and the Eagles also will be administering further tests in the coming days.
If Vick can't play, Reid said, he's undecided about whether Vince Young or Mike Kafka would start in his place. Young has been out since the preseason with a hamstring injury, and Kafka replaced Vick when he came out of Sunday night's game.