Michael Vick ruled out but getting better, LeSean McCoy still ailing

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The Eagles have officially confirmed what was widely expected: Both quarterback Michael Vick and running back LeSean McCoy will sit out Monday night’s game against the Panthers as they continue to recover from concussions.

But while Vick is progressing and appears to be close to getting cleared to return, McCoy still has a long way to go.

Eagles head athletic trainer Rick Burkholder said today that Vick is in Phase 3 of the NFL’s five-stage protocol for recovery from concussions. That means Vick has been cleared to do cardiovascular workouts that get up to 80 percent of his target heart rate. Burkholder said Vick is likely to progress to Phase 4 by Sunday. After that he’s expected to see an independent neurologist next week.

McCoy, however, is still in Phase 1 of the program. Burkholder said McCoy is having headaches, is very fatigued and is having trouble sleeping. McCoy isn’t even able to go to team meetings yet, let alone practice. So it may be a while before McCoy plays again.

Nick Foles will start at quarterback on Monday night and Bryce Brown will start at running back

14 responses to “Michael Vick ruled out but getting better, LeSean McCoy still ailing

  1. Regardless of who is in, they need to run until they hit a 3rd and long and then pass reluctantly.

    That O-line couldn’t stop 4 Black Friday Soccer moms.

  2. The only way Vick plays this year is if Foles gets hurt, and McCoy should sit at least another week…nothing gained by putting him in until he is completely healthy.

  3. Die hard eagles fan for life but I hope they lose out, so if they even begin to utter the word”Talented” people laugh in there face. Bottom line is talented teams don’t go on 6 game losing streaks, talented teams find a way to win.

  4. Reid should have been fired for McCoy’s injury. His poor, poor decisioning-making put the future of the franchise at risk having that kid run the ball down 31-6 with under 2 to go against the Skins. Absolutely reckless on Reid’s part, it should have been the final nail in the coffin, as far as Reid’s job goes.

  5. This time next year Michael Vick will be sitting pretty with a 9-1 record and feeling pretty good about his new situation. Yes, I’m predicting that Vick will be picked up by Chan Gailey and the Buffalo Bills. With Gailey’s vast knowledge of QB’s that are versatile with the run and the pass, Vick will fit in his system nicely. He will have one of the best route running wideouts in the league, Stevie Johnson. Two deep receivers in Donald Jones and T.J. Graham and the huge targets Scott Chandler and David Nelson. Superstar CJ Spiller and Veteran running back Freddie Jackson in his backfield. The most important part in making Vick successful will be the Offensive line with anchor Eric Wood, Guards Andy Levitre and Kraig Urbik and Tackles Cordy Glenn and Chris Hairiston. Vick will have protection with plenty of weapons for him to use. By then the Bills Defense will be good to go and the final piece of the puzzle, a Franchise QB will be in place.

  6. good thing for the iggles the panthers will find a way to lose like they have all year. bad coaching, fluke penalties, defense choking it away, offense choking it away, missed fgs at the end of the game, made fgs as time expired. i can’t think of a new way for the panthers to lose but i’m sure they’ll come up with something

  7. To say say Vick is “getting better” is an understatement. This is the longest stretch in his career without multiple turnovers. He may have found his niche.

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