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Vick still experiencing concussion symptoms; "Not even close to playing" this week

A "foggy" and "not very alert" Michael Vick still has symptoms from the concussion he suffered on Sunday and is still in Phase 1 of his recovery, Eagles head athletic trainer Rick Burkholder said Friday.

Vick still experiencing concussion symptoms; "Not even close to playing" this week

Eagles´ Michael Vick gets taken down against Dallas Cowboys´ Jay<br />Ratliff. (Yong Kim/Staff Photographer)
Eagles' Michael Vick gets taken down against Dallas Cowboys' Jay Ratliff. (Yong Kim/Staff Photographer)

A "foggy" and "not very alert" Michael Vick still has symptoms from the concussion he suffered on Sunday and is still in Phase 1 of his recovery, Eagles head athletic trainer Rick Burkholder said Friday.

Vick was officially ruled out for Sunday's game against the Redskins and rookie Nick Foles will make his first NFL start at quarterback in his place. Burkholder would not speculate on whether Vick would be ready for the Eagles' next game -- a Nov. 26 home game against the Panthers -- but the likelihood seemed low.

Vick underwent impact testing on Friday, but was below the baseline, Burkholder said. He will be tested again on Monday. Burkholder said that he would normally give a concussed player a three or four-phased exercise challenge, but that Vick wasn't ready.

"He has too many symptoms for us to even exercise him," Burkholder said.

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Even after he passes the testing and exercise challenge, Vick must see an independent neurologist and then the team doctor before he's cleared to return to practice.

"We're early on in the process," Burkholder said. "We're still in what I would consider Phase I. ... Right now it's not in Michael's best interest, in the league's best interest, in our best interest, it's not even close to him playing this week."

Burkholder said that Vick's headaches had subsided and that his vision has returned to normal, but that he was "not the Michael Vick that I know when he's healthy."

"He's foggy. He's not very alert right now in terms of he just doesn't have that energy," Burkholder said. "He's tired all the time. He's slept a lot. He's not getting rid of the fatigue. I would consider him heavy-eyed."

Vick has had two concussions with the Eagles, the first last September in Atlanta. Vick returned the next week following that concussion. Burkholder would not comment on the number of concussions that Vick has had over his career.

"I don't want to go on what he had in Atlanta [with the Falcons] because it's not my records," Burkholder said. "I have some information from them but it would be inaccurate for me to say how many he had there."

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