Eagles Likely To Shut Down Vick For Season

Vick has "significant concussion," likely to be shut down for season

11/12/12 in NFL   |   Matthew_Shovlin   |   735 respect

Blog Photo - Eagles Likely To Shut Down Vick For SeasonAfter suffering a concussion in the second quarter of Sunday's game against the Cowboys, Eagles' quarterback Michael Vick reportedly looked woozy in the locker room. At Monday morning's presser, head coach Andy Reid admitted that Vick has a "pretty significant" concussion, and won't be practicing on Wednesday. "He was a little foggy last night," Reid told the media. "Mike has a headache is what he's got. A pretty good one." It's not often that teams publicly acknowledge that a concussion is "significant" this early in the week, so it's reasonable to assume that Vick could be dealing with this ailment for a while.

Since Reid's presser, Yahoo's Jason Cole has reported "it's a pretty strong bet" that the Eagles will "rest" Vick for the remainder of the season. "I'm 99 percent sure that's exactly what you're going to see happen," a source told Cole. "Andy is going to go to Jeff and Howie (the owner and the GM) and say, 'Let's go with Foles and make the transition to the next era.'"

Reid is rumored to have wanted to go to Foles since as early as Week 8, but didn't want to lose the locker room by benching Vick, one of the vocal leaders of the team. Now with an injury as an excuse, Reid may make the move the Foles and run with it.

In addition, Vick's health is a serious concern. I'm not sure if I've ever seen a player pick up a concussion as easily as Vick did on Sunday - honestly, I'm not even sure when he suffered the injury. It was either when defensive lineman Jay Ratliff tackled him, putting most of his weight on Vick's back while Vick's head slid on the ground (pictured above), or when Ernie Sims made light contact with Vick as he threw, causing him to gently fall to the turf (his final play before leaving the game). Either way, you don't like to see a player become concussed that easily, and rest may be the best thing for Vick right now.

Rookie Nick Foles, drafted in the third round out of Arizona, came in for the injured Michael Vick and played very well, considering it was his NFL debut and he was facing the league's 7th ranked pass defense. Foles completed 22 of 32 passes for 219 yards to go with a touchdown and an interception. His 85.3 quarterback rating was better than Vick's rating on the season.

Traveling to Washington next week to face the Redskins and their 30th ranked pass defense, Foles will have a great opportunity to make his case as the starter right out of the gate. If Foles has a solid game - and especially if the Eagles get a win - in Washington, it's hard to see Vick playing again this season.
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