When Mike Vick’s concussion was labeled “significant,” many reacted by saying, “They’re all significant.”
But there are degrees of concussions, and it sounds like Vick’s is indeed serious.
Trainer Rick Burkholder provided an update to the media on Friday. Via Jeff McLane of the Philadelphia Inquirer, Burkholder said that Vick is “well below” baseline testing, and that he’s “not the Michael Vick I know when he’s healthy.”
Though Vick’s vision has returned to normal, he’s still experiencing concussion symptoms.
“He’s foggy. He’s not very alert right now in terms of he just doesn’t have that energy,” Burkholder said. “He’s tired all the time. He’s slept a lot. He’s not getting rid of the fatigue. I would consider him heavy-eyed.”
As a result, Burkholder said Vick is “not even close” to playing.
The information from Burkholder makes even more curious the failure of the Eagles to rule Vick out before Friday. Though it was at all times possible the symptoms would instantly disappear and Vick would be able to practice, it’s hard to imagine that anyone believed on Wednesday that there was any chance Vick could play on Sunday.
It’s unclear whether the failure of the Eagles to scratch Vick before Friday justifies any type of sanction from the league office. The teams that have been fined $20,000 each for violating the injury-reporting rules this season probably have an opinion on this — including the Redskins, the team that didn’t know until today that it definitely wouldn’t face Vick on Sunday.