Philadelphia Eagles Coach Andy Reid said that quarterback Michael Vick suffered a “pretty significant concussion” Sunday and isn’t likely to be cleared by the time the Eagles resume practicing this week for their game against the Washington Redskins.
Vick was injured early in the second quarter of the Eagles’ 38-23 loss to the Dallas Cowboys. He was replaced by rookie Nick Foles, who was greeted warmly by Philly fans and the injury started speculation that the Vick era was about to be replaced by the Foles era.
“He was a little foggy last night,” Reid said Monday. “Mike has a headache is what he’s got — a pretty good one. He’s tired. One of the things that is important is that he gets rest.”
Vick’s health status may be uncertain, but his status as a starter is not, Reid said. If he’s healthy, he’s the Eagles’ starting QB.
“Michael is the quarterback,” Reid said. “At the same time, I’m confident that Nick will do a good job if given the opportunity.”
Reid doesn’t expect Vick to be able to practice with the team Wednesday. “He’s resting,” Reid said. “It’s very important he does rest. We’re in communication until further testing takes place.”
Foles, passed for 219 yards, with one touchdown and one interception, and will get the snaps with the first-team offense Wednesday. ”If [Foles] gets an opportunity to start, I’ll be excited to see him play,” Reid said.
Hmmm. Yahoo’s Jason Cole sees Vick’s concussion as the first step down the road to change for the Eagles and the embattled Reid.
Two sources said Monday morning that it’s a pretty strong bet that, barring an odd change in circumstances, Vick will be “rested” for the remainder of the season by Reid and the coaching staff. In place of Vick, rookie Nick Foles will start, and the sources believe Reid will use the development of Foles as a springboard to keep his job as the Eagles’ coach.
“I’m 99 percent sure that’s exactly what you’re going to see happen,” a source said Monday morning. “Andy is going to go to [owner] Jeff [Lurie] and [general manager] Howie [Roseman] and say, ‘Let’s go with Foles and make the transition to the next era.’ ”