Reid Defends McCoy Decision, Gives Update On Vick

Philadelphia Eagles RB LeSean McCoy.Two of the Eagles’ biggest stars are concussed. Just another sign of the times.

Andy Reid gave an update on the health of LeSean McCoy, who was injured in the waning moments of the blowout loss to the Redskins as a result of a head-to-head collision with safety Madieu Williams. McCoy has a headache and remains in “Stage 1” of the league-mandated testing process, but his concussion does not appear to be as significant as Michael Vick‘s.

“It didn’t seem to be quite as bad just from where he was after the game and his response,” said Reid of his star running back. “But he took a good lick there and we have to make sure that we go through the protocol. We’ll see how things go.”

A source close to McCoy added that the 24-year-old seemed “pretty alert” on Sunday evening.

The head coach is under fire for his decision to keep McCoy in late in the game despite the lopsided score. Reid defended his decision on Monday.

“There’s two sides to this,” said Reid. “You’ll probably come back and ask me, did you feel like the players quit? Well no, these guys want to play, they want to win the game, they want to get better. They want to show that they’re all-in. There’s a fine line there, and likewise as coaches you want to make sure the guys know you’re all in, too. With that, I don’t regret it. It happened. Do I wish he wouldn’t have been hurt? Yeah I do, I wish he wouldn’t have been hurt. But I don’t regret that.

“It’s my job to weigh that out. If you want to put that on me I fully take that, but I also have a pretty good feel of our football team.”

As for Vick, Reid said that he is making progress but failed an impact test on Monday and remains in Stage 1. If healthy, Vick remains the starting quarterback over Nick Foles, according to the coach.

“We’ll see how he does this week but, yes,” said Reid.

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