Vick ‘Not Even Close To Playing’ This Week

Eagles head trainer Rick Burkholder gave an update on Michael Vick‘s condition Friday. It sounds like the quarterback is still a ways off.

“He’s had symptoms all week since the game. He’s had a headache, which has gotten better during the week. He’s foggy. He’s not very alert right now in terms of, he just doesn’t have that energy. He’s tired all the time,” said Burkholder. “He slept a lot. He’s not getting rid of the fatigue. I would consider him heavy-eyed. When you talk to him, he’s just not the Michael Vick I know when he’s healthy.”

The Eagles have officially ruled Vick out for Sunday’s game in Washington.

In terms of the process of being cleared following a concussion, Burkholder said Vick is still in “Phase One.” Vick took an impact test on Friday and it was determined that his cognitive function is down. He will be tested again on Monday. In the meanwhile, Vick will continue to rest in dark, quiet areas.

Normally a player goes through an “exercise challenge” that includes riding the stationary bike. But because he has too many symptoms, he is not at the point where he can exercise. Vick has less of a headache than he had earlier in the week, aided in part by the treatment he has been receiving from the training staff.

“It’s not in Michael’s best interest, in the league’s best interest, in our best interest, it’s not even close to him playing this week,” said Burkholder.

“In terms of long term, I’m not even going to judge that.”

Vick sustained a concussion against Atlanta last season. This one is different  in that some of the symptoms didn’t go away right away like they did last time. Burkholder said that Vick has had only two concussions in Philadelphia. When asked how many he sustained prior to joining the Eagles, Burkholder said, “I don’t want to go on what he had in Atlanta because it’s not my records. I have some information from them, but it would be inaccurate for me to say how many he had there.”

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  • Septhinox

    As much as I don’t like him, I’m not happy to see him like this. I hope he recovers quickly.

    • saunhi

      He may have been concussed from previous games, hoping he would outlast it. He was absolutely crunched by Detroit and New Orleans wasnt much better.

  • Matt Broad

    Foggy, not very alert, sleeping a lot, and “heavy-eyed”? Our offensive line has turned Vick into a teenager!

  • southy

    That sounds really awful. Speedy recovery Mike!

    That said, when is the last time you’ve heard members of team staff be this brutally honest – and negative – about a player’s injury? It kinda makes me wonder if something fishy isn’t going on.

    • Kimbafuzz

      The Jahvid Best one in Detroit comes to mind….. and that seems to be a career ender. :-(

  • morgan c

    I mean, this is bad for Vick, but so long as he eventually makes a full recovery, this isn’t the worst thing for the Eagles. The team is out of it this year. We gain absolutely nothing by playing Vick, since he’s sure as gone in the off-season. May as well give Foles a real shot. Again, to be clear, I do not wish for Vick to be in pain or anything like that, but as far as I’m concerned, this is the only way to ensure AR won’t short-change Foles.

  • Zachary Kahn

    Say what you want about his performance, I truly believe vick gave everything he got on the field. He never gave up, he always got up and he kept fighting. It really saddens me to hear him like this because Iv watched him get absolutely blasted for 8 weeks and not complain once about the offensive line (in contrast to Jay Cutler, who is a whiny bitch). The guy is clearly not just hurt, hes been completely drained.

    • UncleCarm

      I agree. Vick has some awesome talents and some tremedous weaknesses, but he has always been a warrior out there.

  • Please of @Mick Vick and don’t let him back on the field until he’s 100 percent better. All great player want to be on the field for every game and sometime come back from injures to soon and get hurt again because someone took a cheap shot at them. I love the game and the player. I love to see and hear the hits, listening to soundfx, the replay and old school films. I love primetime and I appreciate every player and hope all the one that are hurt recovers soon @Ravens because nobody life is worth the game. People if you don’t have anything good to say don’t make comments keep it to yourself. “Otherwise suit up and show what you wotking with”