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Vick’s helmet, lack of mouthpiece scrutinized as he prepares to play

Eagles quarterback Michael Vick  is tackled by Falcons linebacker  Lofton after running for yardage in the first half of their NFL football game in Atlanta. Reuters

Eagles quarterback Michael Vick appears to be doing everything in his power to get back on the field Sunday against the Giants, a week after suffering a concussion in a loss to the Falcons. And that includes changing his equipment.

Sal Paolantonio reported on ESPN that as Vick prepares to play against the Giants, he is having his helmet re-fitted by Unequal Technology, which will use kevlar to disburse the effects of a blow to the head. It’s the first time this technology has been used for a football helmet, although it has previously been used for hockey helmets and in the military.

According to Paolantonio, the helmet Vick is having re-fitted is a Riddell helmet. Prior to Week One, Vick was reportedly shifting from a Riddell helmet to a Schutt helmet. We’re actually not sure what brand of helmet Vick has been wearing this season: Although most players have a “Riddell” label above their facemasks, the helmet Vick wore when he suffered the concussion against the Falcons had no label.

Meanwhile, Alex Marvez of FOXSports.com reports that Vick wasn’t wearing a mouth guard when he suffered the concussion (and a lacerated tongue) on Sunday. There’s some evidence that the use of mouth guards helps protect against concussions, but players aren’t required to wear them — something that has been a point of contention as the NFL has considered efforts to protect players from concussions, but the players’ union has resisted forcing players to wear protective padding that they don’t want to wear.

All indications are that Vick badly wants to play on Sunday. But it ultimately will be up to the doctors, not Vick, to decide.

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42 Responses to “Vick’s helmet, lack of mouthpiece scrutinized as he prepares to play”
  1. dayumyou says: Sep 22, 2011 11:44 AM

    let him play…he might play better with a cracked head….I’m just saying

  2. dldove77 says: Sep 22, 2011 11:46 AM

    I’m all for freedom of choice, but these guys who are refusing to wear certain pads today will be screaming in thirty years that the NFL should have done more to protect them.

  3. chizums says: Sep 22, 2011 11:48 AM

    Tiki is flabbergasted.

  4. wawa33 says: Sep 22, 2011 11:49 AM

    I don’t think he was wearing a cup either.

  5. steviethewiz says: Sep 22, 2011 11:51 AM

    Too bad he could not look after his dogs this well but then again there only dogs right all you Vick ie: DOG KILLER lovers……..

  6. favreforever says: Sep 22, 2011 11:52 AM

    All the trouble Mike gets into you’d think he would have a good mouthpiece by now.

  7. kyleortonsarm says: Sep 22, 2011 11:52 AM

    Vick has no heart, no toughness and no brain. What if Vick were white? He’d be Jay Cutler.

  8. jetfanfolife says: Sep 22, 2011 11:53 AM

    Karma. Too bad he didn’t get all his teeth knocked out, if any player in the NFL deserves pure pain it’s Mike Vick.

    Let the thumbs down commence

  9. alaricsrevenge says: Sep 22, 2011 11:55 AM

    Let him dress but not start. We all know the Eagles will only need the last 7 minutes of the game to put these cheaters down for the count.

    Coughlin is also flabberghasted @chizums

  10. readysethike says: Sep 22, 2011 11:55 AM

    it would be understandable if a QB did not wear a mouth piece, because they have to call plays in the huddle and make adjustments at the line.

    from the amount of time they get on the play clock trying to take the mouth piece out, call an audible then slip the mouth piece back in, make cause a delay of game

  11. citizenstrange says: Sep 22, 2011 11:55 AM

    You would think that in addition to a mouthpiece all QBs would wear some type of pad along their chin and jaw.

    Even those hinged turkey gobbler things that baseball catchers and hockey goalies use would be good.

    It would really help with hits to the chin, jaw, neck, etc.

  12. alaricsrevenge says: Sep 22, 2011 12:00 PM

    @stevie… haha… dog killer… how original. that’s never been said before… clever.

  13. alaricsrevenge says: Sep 22, 2011 12:06 PM

    readysethike says:
    Sep 22, 2011 11:55 AM
    it would be understandable if a QB did not wear a mouth piece, because they have to call plays in the huddle and make adjustments at the line.

    from the amount of time they get on the play clock trying to take the mouth piece out, call an audible then slip the mouth piece back in, make cause a delay of game

    ————————————————

    True but a mouthpiece only inhibits the pronunciation of some letters but regardless most audibles could be understood by players in ear shot. Hand signals also work too.

  14. hashsview says: Sep 22, 2011 12:14 PM

    Dog Killer? really get over it, we are all grown men here, this is a FOOTBALL fan site, not FEMA or some other animal rights site. We don’t need role modles, we are grown men, all we care about is who shows up on Sunday and plays lights out between the white lines. Get over it.

  15. grilledjesus says: Sep 22, 2011 12:15 PM

    Maybe it’s me, but I would think that a professional football player would want the best equipment available to prolong their career. It’s a short enough span as it is, don’t they want to prolong it any way possible?

  16. MichaelEdits says: Sep 22, 2011 12:17 PM

    A boil and bite mouthguard does make it hard to talk.

    A custom-made mouthguard from a dentist is tasteless, odorless, and allows speech and breathing.

    The mouthguard prevents the jawbone from snapping through a thin bone and smacking the brain.

  17. congratsyouareanidiot says: Sep 22, 2011 12:21 PM

    YEAH STEVIE GET HIM!!!! DEAD HORSE!!! BEAT IT!!!!! KICK IT !!!!

  18. congratsyouareanidiot says: Sep 22, 2011 12:22 PM

    @hashsview

    FEMA is not an animal rights group… I believe you meant PETA… at least I hope you meant PETA…

  19. gpack17 says: Sep 22, 2011 12:25 PM

    hashsview says:
    Sep 22, 2011 12:14 PM
    Dog Killer? really get over it, we are all grown men here, this is a FOOTBALL fan site, not FEMA or some other animal rights site. We don’t need role modles, we are grown men, all we care about is who shows up on Sunday and plays lights out between the white lines. Get over it.

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    I didn’t realize the Federal Emergency Management Agency ran an animal rights site. Do they work with PETA?

  20. sj39 says: Sep 22, 2011 12:27 PM

    Yes hassview, a dog killer but more than that someone who takes pleasure in torturing the weak and helpless and also tries to profit from it. Being such a grown man maybe you can think of one or two people throughout history that did the same?

  21. alaricsrevenge says: Sep 22, 2011 12:36 PM

    Trust me, if it was FEMA we would’ve never heard anything… or they would just be getting around to doing something now LoL.

  22. alaricsrevenge says: Sep 22, 2011 12:47 PM

    Thanks PFT for censoring every valid point I make.

  23. yardie58 says: Sep 22, 2011 12:49 PM

    It is rather ironic that each time #7 has been hurt, he has been in the pocket. I just want to the the best players on the field every Sunday. As for Cutler, I love to watch him play but his O line is gonna put that man in a hospital bed for certain.

  24. brandonyer says: Sep 22, 2011 12:57 PM

    Finish him.

  25. cereal blogger says: Sep 22, 2011 12:58 PM

    The league needs to find a way to make players wear all of their equip, especially the mouth guard. Was Dez Bryant wearing thigh pads when he got wacked ? This stuff has to end, perhaps the teams can write it into contracts requiring their guys to wear them ?? If they are injured in any way & they are not wearing all of their equip the team can refuse to pay them while the player is down ? Sounds harsh but its for their own safety. The sad thing is, the players dont think they are restrictive, they think they look cooler by not wearing thigh pads….

  26. dirtybird70 says: Sep 22, 2011 1:03 PM

    What? He isn’t a dog killer anymore? A rapist will always be a rapist. A murderer will always be a murderer. Yeah lets get over those too, right? He made is bed and now he has to lay in it…..forever.

  27. 7to10for6allday says: Sep 22, 2011 1:08 PM

    Keep hating. That’s the problem with this country….all you idiots never heard of a second chance? Everyone makes mistakes in life. Morons. Watch him light the giants and then what are y’all haters say on Monday. That D is going to get shredded. Go Philly!

  28. eagleswineagleswin says: Sep 22, 2011 1:14 PM

    They were only dogs!!! There are players in this league who get less heat for killing people.

    – Spot

  29. choice1329 says: Sep 22, 2011 1:16 PM

    Certainly doesn’t take long for all of you jealous a$$ haters to show up does it. Here’s a good idea that will help you take you minds off Vick………………………………….Go save a dog.

  30. paulitik74 says: Sep 22, 2011 1:16 PM

    Kevlar helmet? They need to make him wear Kevlar condoms. Leavenworth has a herpes epidemic because of that fool.

  31. bluvayner says: Sep 22, 2011 1:31 PM

    Mouthpieces do protect your teeth, but I think that if you look into it, there is little evidence to support the contention that mouthpieces prevent concussions. That is a claim that has been made, for the most part, by people who manufacture custom mouthpieces. I could tell you that wristbands prevent cancer, but you still might want to proceed with the chemo.

  32. jerseyshoregiant says: Sep 22, 2011 1:45 PM

    alaricsrevenge says:
    Sep 22, 2011 12:06 PM
    readysethike says:
    Sep 22, 2011 11:55 AM
    it would be understandable if a QB did not wear a mouth piece, because they have to call plays in the huddle and make adjustments at the line.

    from the amount of time they get on the play clock trying to take the mouth piece out, call an audible then slip the mouth piece back in, make cause a delay of game

    ————————————————

    True but a mouthpiece only inhibits the pronunciation of some letters but regardless most audibles could be understood by players in ear shot. Hand signals also work too.

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    But when you are playing on the road in a hostile enviroment it’s difficult enough to be heard without a mouthpiece. Hand signals don’t work because nobody on the line is even looking at you!

  33. grilledjesus says: Sep 22, 2011 1:45 PM

    dirtybird70 says:
    Sep 22, 2011 1:03 PM
    What? He isn’t a dog killer anymore? A rapist will always be a rapist. A murderer will always be a murderer. Yeah lets get over those too, right? He made is bed and now he has to lay in it…..forever.
    ———————————————–

    Does the AFC North have to be brought into every discussion?

  34. dirtybird70 says: Sep 22, 2011 1:55 PM

    grilledjesus says:Sep 22, 2011 1:45 PM

    dirtybird70 says:
    Sep 22, 2011 1:03 PM
    What? He isn’t a dog killer anymore? A rapist will always be a rapist. A murderer will always be a murderer. Yeah lets get over those too, right? He made is bed and now he has to lay in it…..forever.
    ———————————————–

    Does the AFC North have to be brought into every discussion?
    **********************************************

    LMAO!!!!!!

  35. paulitik74 says: Sep 22, 2011 2:07 PM

    “eagleswineagleswin says:
    Sep 22, 2011 1:14 PM
    They were only dogs!!! There are players in this league who get less heat for killing people.”
    ————————————————–
    There is a big difference when someone is in a car accident and someone relishes in the torture of another living creatures. Leonard Little and Donte Stallworth made bad decisions, and were criminally negligent. They had no intention to go out and kill someone. Vick is a psychopath who creamed his pants at the thought of innocent animals tearing the skin off each other to the death. If you can’t see the difference, you are a moron. But hey, you are a Philly fan.

  36. bleedgreen11 says: Sep 22, 2011 2:27 PM

    readysethike says:
    Sep 22, 2011 11:55 AM
    it would be understandable if a QB did not wear a mouth piece, because they have to call plays in the huddle and make adjustments at the line.

    from the amount of time they get on the play clock trying to take the mouth piece out, call an audible then slip the mouth piece back in, make cause a delay of game

    ————————-

    + the fact the Eagles are probably the worst team in the NFL at clock management.

  37. kevinfromphilly says: Sep 22, 2011 2:41 PM

    sj39 says:
    Sep 22, 2011 12:27 PM
    Yes hassview, a dog killer but more than that someone who takes pleasure in torturing the weak and helpless and also tries to profit from it. Being such a grown man maybe you can think of one or two people throughout history that did the same?

    Don King?

  38. cursivel says: Sep 22, 2011 3:28 PM

    Stop with the dog killer thing. Yes, what Michael did was horrific. But since he’s been in the league he’s been proactive against that kind of behavior. And mainly by choice, because he really didn’t have to continue to work with the Humane Society after his first year back. But he has, including even speaking at the White House, against the cruelty of animals. I’m a dog owner, and I support Michael Vick. Besides y’all there are bigger issues in the world, like feeding the children, and stopping violence, and creating jobs, and ending poverty. Maybe if people stopped focusing so much on each other’s sins, and what we can’t do, we could all come together to accomplish the more important things.

  39. prosb4hos says: Sep 22, 2011 5:52 PM

    Think what you will, but we’ve seen Tom Brady headbutt his lineman on purpose, harder than Vick’s contact with his lineman was.

  40. theblowtorchreview says: Sep 22, 2011 9:41 PM

    Meh…….I just wish he would die. I’m sick of hearing about and even sicker of seeing him.

    I still havent figured out how a guy without a brain sustained a concussion?

  41. theblowtorchreview says: Sep 22, 2011 9:46 PM

    “They were only dogs!!! There are players in this league who get less heat for killing people.”

    =================================

    You Vick jock sniffers have worn this lame argument out. But like someone else said, if you can’t discern the difference between someone having a tragic accident and a mentally ill psychopath having a calculated career plan to get his rocks off watching animals kill each other…….there is no hope for the stupid!

  42. MichaelEdits says: Sep 24, 2011 11:51 AM

    Footballs are made of pigskins. Cruelty to pigs?

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