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Vick Able to Watch Practice; No Shady

It doesn't sound like either Michael Vick or LeSean McCoy will play Monday when the Eagles host the Carolina Panthers.

Vick Able to Watch Practice; No Shady

Eagles quarterback Michael Vick leaves the field after suffering a concussion against the Cowboys. (Yong Kim/Staff Photographer)
Eagles quarterback Michael Vick leaves the field after suffering a concussion against the Cowboys. (Yong Kim/Staff Photographer)

It doesn't sound like either Michael Vick or LeSean McCoy will play Monday when the Eagles host the Carolina Panthers.

Eagles coach Andy Reid said both concussion victims remain in Phase 1 of the recovery process, though Reid said he feels Vick is close to being able to move to Phase 2, which would involve exercise. Vick watched the Eagles' morning walkthrough, the first time reporters have glimpsed the QB since he suffered his injury in the second quarter of the Dallas game.

Reid said McCoy, injured Sunday near the end of the Redskins game, has a headache. Rookie Bryce Brown is preparing as if he will start in McCoy's place.

"We'll just take those guys days by day and we'll go from there," said Reid, who said Vick is able to attend meetings this week.

Reid said Jake Scott will start again at right guard. Reid gave an involved answer about the status of the usual starter there, 2011 first-round pick Danny Watkins. The upshot seemed to be that Watkins' ankle is still an issue, but that Scott might be a better alternative anyway. Watkins spoke briefly with reporters and framed the issue strictly in terms of his recovery not being as complete as he'd hoped.

Reid said the 3-7 Birds, losers of six in a row for the first time in his 14-year tenure, are "going to do our best to give the fans a good show. That's what we're going to do, put together something they can be proud of."

Asked about the potential for a bad atmosphere at the Linc, given this season's crushing disappointment, Reid said: "You go play. You make positive things happen, as coaches and players. Make plays. Make positive plays. Fans like that. That's what they want to see ... They're on the same page with all of us. We're stinking it up. We understand that. They understand it. When we're doing well, they understand that, too, and we understand it."

Reid said of Brown, a seventh-round pick, "it looks like he's more comfortable in the offense every week. He's doing a nice job of pass protection; that wasn't his thing when he first came here. Better recognition of the blitzes. And he's a patient runner. When he goes, he goes hard. Big body. Physical player."

Brown, who barely played any college football before leaving teams at Tennessee and Kansas State, has 141 yards on 32 carries this season.

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