Why did Kolb, Bradley return to game?

Leonard Weaver leaves the field after injuring his knee during the second quarter against the Green Bay Packers. (Yong Kim/Staff Photographer)

Kevin Kolb and Stewart Bradley both were re-inserted into the game after suffering what were later diagnosed as concussions.

"They were fine," coach Andy Reid said. "The [doctors] felt like all the questions were answered things they did with the docs, registered well. As it went on, they weren’t feeling well and we took them out."

Kolb's injury was initially diagnosed as a jaw problem after Clay Matthews slammed him to the ground. He returned to the game after the injury. He was 5-for-10 for 24 yards and was sacked twice.

Bradley's head bent back when he collided with Ernie Sims' hip. Bradley attempted to get up and then toppled over. He eventually returned to the game before being ruled out.

Asked why they were allowed to return, especially Bradley, Reid said, "Our docs and Rick [Burkholder] are on top of that. They thought he tested out OK on the sidelines."

As for their prognosis, Reid said, "I’m going to meet with the doctor and see how they all test out."

If Kolb is cleared to play and healthy, Reid said Kolb would start next week against Detroit.

Reid was asked whether he could foresee Vick becoming the starting QB at some point this season. "I think Michael did a phenomenal job today, he brought the team back, kept his poise, threw the ball well, had some good runs. I’m happy as heck for Michael. I’m not looking into the future here. Trying to get this fixed and win some football games."

Fullback Leonard Weaver has a torn ACL and center Jamaal Jackson has a torn bicep, seemingly ending their seasons. Both players will have MRIs in the morning to confirm the diagnosis.

The Eagles only have one fullback and two tight ends on the roster, so a move seems imminent. "We’ll get with Howie and talk that through."

On Weaver, Reid said, "He’s a phenomenal guy, a phenomenal player. That was a very ugly looking injury. I could tell right away when I started walking out on the field, he got hyperextended a little bit.


On the fourth-and-1 situation, Vick was lined up in the shotgun and stopped short. "We thought it was the right thing to do. That was the play we had, we felt strongly about it and it didn’t work. We thought we could make the first down whether it was shotgun or not." Reid said they practiced the play with Vick in the shotgun.

On not having any timeouts and using the last one with 5m inutes left, Reid said, "That’s just what we do there. Hindsight it was still a good idea … We just didn’t get it done there at the end."