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Vick, McCoy stuck at Phase 4; Patterson has pneumonia

Michael Vick and LeSean McCoy still have not passed ImPACT testing and are in Phase 4 of the Eagles' five-phase protocol for return from concussion, team trainer Rick Burkholder said.

Vick, McCoy stuck at Phase 4; Patterson has pneumonia

Philadelphia Eagles´ Michael Vick leaves the football field after suffering a concussion in the second quarter of a gam against the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday, November 11, 2012 at Lincoln Financial. (AP Photo/Philadelphia Daily News, Yong Kim)
Philadelphia Eagles' Michael Vick leaves the football field after suffering a concussion in the second quarter of a gam against the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday, November 11, 2012 at Lincoln Financial. (AP Photo/Philadelphia Daily News, Yong Kim) Daily News/Inquirer

Michael Vick and LeSean McCoy still have not passed ImPACT testing and are in Phase 4 of the Eagles’ five-phase protocol for return from concussion, team trainer Rick Burkholder said.

Both players took ImPACT tests on Friday, but the team did not yet have results.

Vick will miss his fourth game when the Eagles travel to face the Buccaneers on Sunday. McCoy will be out for his third straight. Nick Foles and Bryce Brown will start once again for the injured quarterback and running back.

Vick hasn’t had symptoms for weeks, but he can’t reach baseline on his testing to move onto Phase 5, which would involve contact. The Eagles sent McCoy to Pittsburgh earlier this week for further evaluation. He still has symptoms after working out, Burkholder said.

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“Both of those guys are doing activity at an extremely high level,” Burkholder said.

Despite the high level of activity, neither appears close to a return and won’t likely be ready for the Eagles’ next game on Thursday night against the Bengals.

Mike Patterson has what the Eagles believe to be viral pneumonia, Burkholder said. The Eagles defensive tackle complained of symptoms on Thursday morning and was later admitted into a hospital. Burkholder said that Patterson’s illness had nothing to do with his January surgery to have an AVM removed from his brain.

“He’s doing fine. He’s stable,” Burkholder said. “He’s there now. We’re waiting on testing and I think he’s going to be fine.”

Kurt Coleman hasn’t practice all week because of a chest bruise and will not travel to Tampa. Colt Anderson will fill in for Coleman at safety alongside Nate Allen.

Nate Menkin suffered a throat cartilage injury during Friday’s practice and will be listed as out for Sunday’s game. The offensive lineman has not dressed a game this season.

Running back Chris Polk (toe) was listed as questionable.

Jeff McLane Inquirer Staff Writer
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