Eagles quarterback Michael Vick, who suffered a concussion in last night's loss to the Falcons, hasn't been ruled out of playing in next Sunday's game against the Giants in Philadelphia.
Eagles trainer Rick Burkholder said today in a press conference that Vick was "absolutely fine last night" after the game. Vick will now go through the NFL's concussion protocols to determine if he can practice and then play against the Giants.
“Rest is one of the vital things we can give him,” Burkholder told reporters, per Philly.com. “We try not to tax his brain or anything. We will go through protocol … We have it outlined. We have done this before. This is not our first go-round.”
As to Vick's availability, Burkholder said, "We’re not guessing … I’m not going to be back here tomorrow and tell you that’s he’s cleared. I can’t give you a timeframe on this. That’s foolish on our part, medically, to put that out there. Everyone wants to know (a) timeframe. Everyone wants to know whether Mike is going to play. We’re going to go through our protocol and when Mike’s ready to practice, I will turn him over to coach and he will make the decision when he’s ready to play."
If Vick can't play, the Eagles will either go with Mike Kafka, who replaced him against the Falcons, or Vince Young, who has yet to return from a hamstring injury but was described by head coach Andy Reid as being nearly ready to return to practice.
Reid said he spoke with Vick after the game and said, "He remembered everything. 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.”
Reid said he took the blame for being "way too conservative" with his game plan after Vick left.
"I sent a message to our team and not a positive one,” Reid said. “That is something I don’t do, in particular given how much trust I have him … I’m kicking myself in the tail for that right now.”