No Time Frame on Michael Vick's Return to Starting Lineup

No Time Frame on Michael Vick's Return to Starting Lineup

The star quarterback is still undergoing testing for the concussion suffered over the weekend.

Published September 20, 2011

The Philadelphia Eagles could be without quarterback Michael Vick for this week’s home opener against the New York Giants while he undergoes more testing for the concussion he suffered against the Atlanta Falcons.


Vick was a little woozy but still very much alert after the hit. He stood on the sideline until the Eagles finished the scoring drive he started in the third quarter and then exited the field pointing to the scoreboard where the Eagles held the lead over his former team.


"He remembered everything," Eagles coach Andy Reid said of his postgame contact with Vick. "He recalled everything. I tried to quiz him and see where he was at. He was frustrated that he wasn't able to finish. He had a vested interest in finishing."


Interestingly Reid hasn’t ruled Vick out this week, but head trainer Rick Burkholder isn’t giving a time frame on when the star quarterback could return.


"That's foolish on our part medically to put a time frame out there," Burkholder said to reporters in Philadelphia on Monday. "Everybody wants to know a time frame, everybody wants to know whether Mike's going to play, everybody wants to know whether Mike's going to practice. We're going to go through our protocol and when Mike's ready to practice, I'm going to turn him over to the coach and he's going to make a decision whether he's ready to play, had reps, all that kind of stuff."


It makes sense with all that is now known about concussions that the Eagles give Vick plenty of time to rest and all indications are the organization will do just that.


According to NFL concussion guidelines, Vick has to pass several different tests and then be evaluated by an independent neurologist before he can be cleared to return.


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(Photo: AP Photo/Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Curtis Compton)

Written by Terrance Harris


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