Eagles head athletic trainer Rick Burkholder told reporters Friday that quarterback Michael Vick is still in the first phase of the concussion recovery process. The Eagles confirmed Vick will not play Sunday at Washington, but Burkholder said it is impossible to project what his status might be beyond that.
"He's had symptoms all week, since the (Dallas) game," Burkholder said. "He's had a headache, which has gotten better during the week. He's foggy -- he's not very alert right now in terms of, he just doesn't have that energy. He's tired all the time. He's sleeping a lot, he's not getting rid of the fatigue. I would consider him heavy-eyed.
"When you talk to him, he's just not the Michael Vick that you know when he's healthy."
Burkholder said the next step toward recovery would be exercise, but Vick isn't ready for that. He is spending much of his time in a quiet, dark place, Burkholder said. He said neck massage has helped alleviate Vick's headaches.
Though the lack of substantial improvement underscores what Eagles coach Andy Reid said earlier in the week -- that Vick has a "pretty significant" concussion -- Burkholder said Vick might wake up Monday feeling great; he said he couldn't grade the concussion until Vick has recovered.
The only surprise in Andy Reid's injury listing was that RG Danny Watkins, who practiced fully all week, nonetheless is listed as "questionable." Watkins has missed the last three games with an ankle problem. Reid talked about the danger of "tweaks" in the ankle. The Eagles moved Dennis Kelly outside to right tackle in practice this week; he might have to move back inside for the game if Watkins can't go or leaves early. Or, newcomer Jake Scott could have to play, right out of the box.
The Eagles used practice squad wide receiver Marvin McNutt to simulate Robert Griffin III this week in practice. McNutt, who trained with Griffin before the draft and considers him a friend, said he feels he understands how RG3 moves.