The Eagles had team head athletic trainer Rick Burkholder deliver what has become a weekly staple, his Friday concussion recovery update. The news was only slightly encouraging for quarterback Michael Vick and running back LeSean McCoy; Burkholder said both are at Phase 4 of their recoveries, with issues blocking them from completing the five-stage process. Didn't sound like those issues would be resolved in the next several days, which is relevant in that the Eagles play Thursday against the Bengals after visiting Tampa this weekend.
Burkholder also discussed defensive tackle Mike Patterson, hospitalized with what the team believes is viral pneumonia. Patterson is stable, Burkholder said, but he will not accompany the team to Tampa.
Burkholder said Vick still can't pass the imPACT concussion test because of a slight variance in reaction time. He said he continues to work with Vick on eye-tracking exercises, and Vick is making progress. He said the fact that Vick has made substantial progress since his Nov. 11 concussion leads him to think Vick won't be at this stage indefinitely.
Burkholder said McCoy is able to test normally at times, but still has symptoms, such as fatigue, particularly after high periods of activity, and in the evening. When tested during a symptomatic time, he does not test normally, Burkholder said. "Because of that, I had him evaluated" by league concussion experts in Pittsburgh this week, Burkholder said.