Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Michael Vick and running back LeSean McCoy are closer to playing football again.

The team announced Monday that both players passed their ImPACT post-concussion tests and may be able to start practicing as soon as today.

Neither player is yet eligible to play in a game, however. They may participate in non-contact practices but still have to be cleared to play by an independent neurologist. The Eagles return to action Thursday against Cincinnati.

The Eagles also announced that tight end Brent Celek (concussion) and defensive tackle Mike Patterson (viral pneumonia) will not play against the Bengals.

Vick has not practiced since suffering a concussion against Dallas on Nov. 11 and has since lost his starting job. Coach Andy Reid announced last week that rookie Nick Foles would be the starting quarterback for the rest of the season. Foles threw for 381 yards and two touchdowns, ran for a TD and directed the game-winning drive in a 23-21 victory at Tampa Bay on Sunday.

McCoy has been out since getting a concussion against Washington on Nov. 18. Rookie Bryce Brown has started the last three games. He rushed for a combined 347 yards and four touchdowns against Dallas and Carolina but was held to 6 yards on 12 carries against the Buccaneers.

Neither Vick nor McCoy participated in Monday's light practice. Vick was sent home with an illness that was unrelated to his concussion.

Celek, who was injured on the first play against the Bucs, had played in all 98 regular-season and playoff games since joining the Eagles as a fifth-round draft pick in 2007.

Cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha (sprained neck, bruised quadriceps), safety Kurt Coleman (sternum contusion), guard Evan Mathis (sprained ankle) and wide receiver Jeremy Maclin (strained groin) participated in Monday's walk-through on a limited basis.

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