Michael Vick, Jeremy Maclin take shots in Eagles’ loss to Falcons; Dunta Robinson delivers another helmet-to-helmet hit


Jeremy Maclin and Dunta Robinson collide. Robinson was flagged for leading with his helmet. (Scott Cunningham / GETTY IMAGES)

On a collision with Dunta Robinson of the Atlanta Falcons, Maclin at least escaped serious injury. Vick, twisting and turning on a play in the third quarter, knocked helmets with his Philadelphia Eagles teammate Todd Herremans and suffered a concussion that knocked him out of the Eagles’ 35-31 loss in Atlanta.

There was history behind the hit by Robinson, the kind of history that raises the question of whether he’s the dirtiest player in the league. A year ago, on a Sunday marked by several helmet-to-helmet collisions that prompted rules changes and fines, Robinson’s hit on DeSean Jackson gave Jackson a concussion. (He was fined $50,000 for that hit; it was reduced to $25,000.) There was some deja vu Sunday night.

“Unbelievable! Unbelievable that he has done it again,” Chris Collinsworth said on NBC’s “Sunday Night Football” broadcast.

“Now he's 2-for-2,” Maclin said of Robinson (via Philly.com), who was fined for his hit on Jackson last year. “I was all right. It almost shocked me.”


(Kevin C. Cox / GETTY IMAGES)

Which means that the likely starter for the Eagles would be Kafka. With Vince Young inactive and recovering from a hamstring injury, Kafka stepped in and completed 7 of 9 passes for 72 yards.

NFC East: Chat about the conference at 12:30.

After spending most of her career in traditional print sports journalism, Cindy began blogging and tweeting, first as NFL/Redskins editor, and, since August 2010, at The Early Lead. She also is the social media editor for Sports.

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