On one side of Pennsylvania, the starting quarterback already has been scratched for Sunday. On the other end of the Commonwealth, the starting quarterback is still in play to play.
Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger definitely won’t play. Eagles quarterback Mike Vick hasn’t been ruled out, yet.
“I’m taking him right through the protocol that you normally do,” coach Andy Reid said Wednesday. “It’s important that you do that. That’s how we’re doing it.”
It doesn’t mean Vick will be ready to go. After all, he has a “significant” concussion. (Yes, they all are.) But he’s getting better, according to Reid.
“They’ve subsided quite a little bit,” Reid said of the symptoms. “He’s feeling a little bit better in that area.”
It will still be a surprise if Vick plays. Actually, it would be a shock. But the Eagles don’t yet have to rule him out because it’s not yet clear that he won’t play. In Pittsburgh, with Roethlisberger talking about dislocated ribs and possibly punctured aortas, the Steelers had no choice but to declare that Ben won’t play.