Thursday, March 5, 2015

Vick and McCoy still in early phases of recovery from concussions

Michael Vick and LeSean McCoy, as expected, were listed as out for Monday night's game against the Carolina Panthers.

Vick and McCoy still in early phases of recovery from concussions

LeSean McCoy remains in Phase 1 of his concussion recovery and will not play against Carolina. (Ron Cortes/Staff Photographer)
LeSean McCoy remains in Phase 1 of his concussion recovery and will not play against Carolina. (Ron Cortes/Staff Photographer)

Michael Vick and LeSean McCoy, as expected, were listed as out for Monday night's game against the Carolina Panthers.

Vick and McCoy are both recovering from concussions and still have several steps to take before they can be cleared to return. Vick, who suffered his concussion on Nov. 11 against the Cowboys, is now in Phase 3 of the Eagles' 5-Phase protocol, head trainer Rick Burkholder said Saturday.

Burkholder said that he expected Vick to move onto Phase 4 tomorrow, which would involve football activity and Vick possibly throwing the football.

Vick has yet to reach the baseline in his ImPACT testing, however.

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“That’s not alarming to us. It happens," Burkholder said. "He will not return to total football practice until I can get him to do a little better on that ImPACT test.”

Vick participated in exercise challenges, like riding a bike, on Thursday and Friday and no longer had any symptoms, according to Burkholder. He has yet to see an independent neurologist, but could see one on Monday. Burkholder cited the Thanksgiving holiday weekend as one reason for the delay.

McCoy, who suffered his concussion against the Redskins on Sunday, is further behind Vick. He was still in Phase 1, Burkholder said, and still had symptoms. McCoy had headaches, periodic dizziness with exertion and was very fatigued, according to the Eagles trainer.

He took the ImPACT test Friday and was also below baseline.

With Vick and McCoy out, Nick Foles and Bryce Brown will start. Foles will earn his second straight start at quarterback. Andy Reid said that Foles had a better week of practice and that he expected the rookie to play better against the Panthers.

Brown will make his first career start at running back with McCoy sidelined. Reid said that Dion Lewis would also see time in the backfield. Lewis doesn't have a carry this season.

NOTES

-- Jason Avant (hamstring) was listed as out. Riley Cooper will be the Eagles' third receiver, along with Damaris Johnson.

-- Reid said that Brandon Boykin would start out returning kicks. Brown returned kicks for the first time last week.

-- Reid said that Danny Watkins (ankle) was improving, but that his condition was similar to last week when Jake Scott started ahead of him at right guard.

-- A day after signing with the Eagles, wide receiver Greg Salas practiced. He was claimed off waivers after the Patriots released him on Thursday. The Eagles cut Mardy Gilyard to make room on the 53-man roster. Reid said that Salas was a good slot receiver.

Jeff McLane Inquirer Staff Writer
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