Jeremy Maclin was lucky. In his much-hyped return to Atlanta, Michael Vick was not.
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.
Vick’s injury turned out to be the bigger issue, although Robinson may take a hit in his wallet this week and could even face suspension for the hit (given his body of work). Vick was shown spitting up blood as he headed for the locker room, but, it turned out that he had bit ten his tongue on the play. Vick was not available to the media after the game and Coach Andy Reid did not indicate whether he’d be available for the Eagles’ game against the New York Giants this week.
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.