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Vick/McCoy still haven't passed concussion test

Michael Vick and LeSean McCoy have yet to pass their ImPACT test, Eagles coach Andy Reid said Wednesday.

Vick/McCoy still haven't passed concussion test

LeSean McCoy suffered a concussion late in the Eagles´ 31-6 loss the Redskins. (Ron Cortes/Staff file photo)
LeSean McCoy suffered a concussion late in the Eagles' 31-6 loss the Redskins. (Ron Cortes/Staff file photo)

Michael Vick and LeSean McCoy have yet to pass their ImPACT test, Eagles coach Andy Reid said Wednesday.

The two concussed players won't practice Wednesday and are unlikely to be eligible to play Sunday when the Eagles travel to Tampa to face the Bucs. Reid announced Monday that he was benching Vick and starting rookie Nick Foles in his place at quarterback for the rest of the season.

"As we speak right now, he's not ready to play," Reid said of Vick. "No. 1 thing is his health as we go forward. I'm not going to put him in any jeopardy out there."

Vick, who has missed the last three games, still needs to reach baseline in the ImPACT test and be cleared by the Eagles doctor and an independent neurologist to return to play. The same holds for McCoy, who has missed the last two games.

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Reid said that McCoy still had symptoms. Bryce Brown has started in McCoy's place and will likely start again on Sunday. Reid was asked if he would play McCoy once he's cleared.

"There's a chance," Reid said. "I'll cross that bridge as we get closer to him being healthy."

Reid said that head athletic trainer Rick Burkholder will update Vick and McCoy's health if they're not back by Friday.

Reid reiterated that the decision to start Foles was his and his alone. Asked if there was a collaborative process to making this decision, Reid said, "It was my decision. ... Now do I communicate with people? Absolutely. But that was my decision."

-- Reid said that guard Danny Watkins was close to being 100 percent healthy. Watkins, the Eagles' 2011 top draft pick, lost his starting right guard spot to Jake Scott. "The group that's playing right now is a positive," Reid said. "I'm sticking with that group as we speak."

Along with Scott, left tackle King Dunlap, left guard Evan Mathis, center Dallas Reynolds and right tackle Dennis Kelly are the current starters on the offensive line. They had their strongest performance as a unit Sunday night in Dallas.

-- Reid said that safety Kurt Coleman (sternum bruise) will not practice today. He said that it was unlikely that Coleman would be ready for Sunday's game. Colt Anderson will take his place at safety ahead of David Sims.

 

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