Though it’s unknown whether Mike Vick will take the field for the Eagles in Week Three, a source with knowledge of the situation tells us that Vick tried his damnedest to return to Sunday night’s game against the Falcons after leaving with a concussion. Per the source, Vick fought (not physically, but verbally) with trainers and doctors to go back to the field.
Of course, once a player has received the concussion diagnosis, he can’t return for the balance of the game in which the injury occurred, and he thereafter must remain out until cleared to practice and play by the appropriate neurological experts. This procedure helps protect competitive players like Vick from disregarding their health interests and risking the potentially serious effects of another concussion immediately after the first one.
The automatic removal requirement could explain teams’ reluctance to use the “c” word immediately after the injury has occurred. Cognizant that a concussion knocks a guy out for the rest of the contest, teams likely wait to make it official until the diagnosis has been confirmed in the locker room.
In Vick’s case, it initially was reported that he had a neck on injury. Only after the game did coach Andy Reid disclose that Vick in reality had a concussion.
The source also says that Vick was lucid after the game, which meshes with trainer Rick Burkholder’s assessment that Vick was fine last night. The question becomes whether he’s fine today, and eventually whether he can pass the tests that must be passed before he can play again.