PHILADELPHIA ——Philadelphia Eagles: Vick not nearly down for the count after concussion
Michael Vick is without symptoms three days after suffering a concussion.
If only the Eagles could say the same thing about their linebacking corps three days after none of them sustained any head injuries.
On a day when the Eagles unveiled the latest array in an endless loop of linebacker personnel shifts, they also clung firmly to the hope that Vick will be able to take the field Sunday afternoon for their home opener against the New York Giants.
Vick was knocked out of last Sunday's 35-31 loss to the Atlanta Falcons when his head banged off the shoulder pads of teammate Todd Herremans as he was being taken down after releasing a pass.
Vick still has neck and jaw soreness, but no more concussion symptoms, according to trainer Rick Burkholder, who nevertheless held Vick out of Wednesday afternoon's practice after allowing him to participate in the morning walk-through.
Though Vick's fast recovery would seem to put him on pace for a rare (but not unprecedented) return to the field just one week after sustaining a concussion, Burkholder wasn't ready to make that proclamation yet. In fact, he wasn't even ready to send him off to an independent neurologist — the final step NFL teams must take to get clearance, based on recent rigid guidelines established by the league.
"Just know this: that everybody in the league has to go through this process," Burkholder said. "It's part of the new concussion protocols and everything we're all dealing with. There's guys that get to certain points and then have a setback, and there's people who sail through it, so you can't predict. We're not trying to hide anything, we can't predict, it's not fair.
"Symptoms-wise, he's OK. I'd like to do just a little bit better and challenge him a little bit more exercise-wise before I send him [to the neurologist]. That's why I haven't sent him yet."
If Vick, who was unavailable for comment Wednesday, can't return in time for the Giants, it's unclear whether the team would turn to Mike Kafka, who finished up Sunday night, or backup Vince Young, who's been inactive the first two weeks with a hamstring injury.