Originally written November 18, 2012 on Pro Football Zone:
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Rick Burkholder, the Philadelphia Eagles athletic trainer has made it clear that quarterback Michael Vick isn’t even close to getting back on the field after suffering a concussion during last week’s loss to the Cowboys. Vick is still only in “phase 1″ of a series of phases that he’ll need to get through in order to get back on the field. Vick underwent impact testing on Friday, but was below the baseline, Burkholder said. He will be tested again on Monday. Burkholder said that he would normally give a concussed player a three or four-phased exercise challenge, but that Vick wasn’t ready. “He has too many symptoms for us to even exercise him,” Burkholder said. Even after he passes the testing and exercise challenge, Vick must see an independent neurologist and then the team doctor before he’s cleared to return to practice. “We’re early on in the process,” Burkholder said. “We’re still in what I would consider Phase I. … Right now 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.” Burkholder said that Vick’s headaches had subsided and that his vision has returned to normal, but that he was “not the Michael Vick that I know when he’s healthy.” “He’s foggy. He’s not very alert right now in terms of he just doesn’t have that energy,” Burkholder said. ”He’s tired all the time. He’s slept a lot. He’s not getting rid of the fatigue. I would consider him heavy-eyed.” If rookie Nick Foles plays good enough today, the Eagles may not have a reason to have Vick play again this season.   var _CI = _CI || {}; (function() { var script = document.createElement('script'); ref = document.getElementsByTagName('script')[0]; _CI.counter = (_CI.counter) ? _CI.counter + 1 : 1; document.write(''); script.type = 'text/javascript'; script.src = 'http://widget.crowdignite.com/widgets/27484?_ci_wid=_CI_widget_'+_CI.counter; script.async = true; ref.parentNode.insertBefore(script, ref); })(); sr_adspace_id = 1000005525107; sr_adspace_width = 300; sr_adspace_height = 250; sr_ad_new_window = true; sr_adspace_type = "graphic";
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