The Philadelphia Eagles will be without two of their top offensive players Monday night at home against Carolina.
As expected, quarterback Michael Vick and running back LeSean McCoy will not play against the Panthers due to concussions. Rookies Nick Foles and Bryce Brown will start in place of Vick and McCoy, respectively.
“I expect the other guys to step up and play,” Eagles coach Andy Reid said Saturday in quotes provided by the team. “It’s a great opportunity for them. That’s the way you approach it. You cut it loose and you play.”
Vick will miss his second straight game after getting hurt against Dallas, though he is getting closer to being ready to return to the lineup. Eagles head athletic trainer Rick Burkholder explained in quotes provided by the team Saturday that Vick has progressed to Phase 3 in the five-step process that players must participate in after suffering a concussion.
But he has yet to pass the baseline “ImPACT” neurological exam that is also required to play again. He will then have to be cleared by an independent neurologist.
“He’s still off in a few areas, but that’s not alarming to us,” Burkholder said. “He reports no symptoms, no headaches, no dizziness, no vision problems, no fatigue or anything. Everything is progressing as normal with him.”
McCoy, who suffered a concussion against Washington last Sunday, is still in Phase 1 and appears to be further away from play again.
He also has not passed the baseline “ImPACT” test and is still experiencing post-concussion symptoms.
“He’s still got a headache,” Burkholder said. “He’s still got periodic dizziness with exertion. If he goes up and down the steps too fast or tries to pick up his baby, that kind of thing, he gets a little fuzzy.
“It’s not nearly as bad as it was in Washington, but it’s still there. He’s got sleep issues, he’s sensitive to noise, he’s foggy and he’s slowed down. We’re not ready to exercise him yet until those symptoms diminish.”
In addition, wide receiver Jason Avant (strained hamstring) and running back Chris Polk (sprained toe) also will not play against the Panthers. Riley Cooper and rookie Damaris Johnson will get playing time at wide receiver behind starters DeSean Jackson and Jeremy Maclin.
Extra point: Former cornerback Troy Vincent and longtime ticket manager Leo Carlin will be inducted into the Eagles’ Hall of Fame at halftime Monday.
Vincent played eight seasons for the Eagles (1996-2003) and posted 28 interceptions while earning five Pro Bowl berths. Carlin has been with the Eagles for more than 50 years. He serves as the team’s director of ticket client service.
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