PHILADELPHIA — Eagles quarterback Michael Vick and running back LeSean McCoy got to practice Tuesday for the first time since last month.
Head athletic trainer Rick Burkholder confirmed Tuesday that both players had passed their ImPACT concussion tests and were allowed to participate in non-contact drills. Before they can play in a game again, however, they first have to be cleared by an independent neurologist.
“Those two guys are really coming along,” Burkholder said. “I’ll monitor them and we’ll just go as we go.”
Vick and McCoy may see a neurologist today, but even if they are cleared to return, they are expected to be deactivated for Thursday’s game against Cincinnati.
Neither player has been involved in contact since getting hurt. Vick suffered his concussion against Dallas on Nov. 11. McCoy had one the following week at Washington.
When he does return, Vick will be a backup. Eagles coach Andy Reid announced last week that rookie Nick Foles would be the starting quarterback for the rest of the season. McCoy probably will share some carries with rookie running back Bryce Brown.
Tight end Brent Celek definitely will not play against the Bengals after suffering a concussion on the first play from scrimmage in Sunday’s 23-21 victory over Tampa Bay.
“By the time I got to him (on the field) he was OK,” Burkholder said. “But he told me that he lost consciousness for a second or two. With NFL rules and by our standards, he’s got to come out of the game.
“By the end of the game he was completely asymptomatic. Everything was back to normal. He did the ImPACT test (Tuesday) morning and he’s already back to baseline. So you can see how all three of these concussions have acted differently. That’s why I live by the deal, ‘If you’ve seen one concussion, you’ve seen one concussion.’ They’re all different.”
Mike Patterson update
Defensive tackle Mike Patterson, who was hospitalized with viral pneumonia last week, was released from the hospital but has not yet rejoined the team and will not play against the Bengals.
“We’re trying to get him to recover from that pneumonia that he had and he looks like he’s going to be all right,” Burkholder said. “It’s just that after you have something like that, it’s tough to get your energy levels back up and make sure you can play and all that kind of stuff.”
A few Eagles players have been sick recently. McCoy came down with an upper respiratory infection over the weekend. Vick had the same thing on Monday.
“We’re very worried about our team becuse we live like pack animals in here,” Burkholder said. “Right now we think we’ve got it contained but we’re pretty worried about it.”
The Eagles had gone so long without a victory that they forgot how to celebrate on Sunday.
Wide receiver Jeremy Maclin was limited during Tuesday’s practice with a strained groin. He revealed that he suffered the injury when cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha jumped on him after Maclin caught the game-winning touchdown pass on the final play against the Buccaneers.
He is expected to play against the Bengals.
The Eagles’ win over the Bucs was their first since they beat the New York Giants on Sept. 30, a span of 70 days.
“They were excited,” Reid said Tuesday. “They were excited at the time and they enjoyed the flight back. But then we moved on to getting ready for the Bengals.”
Bumps and bruises
In addition to Celek and Patterson, guard Evan Mathis did not participate in Tuesday’s light practice because of a sprained ankle but is expected to play against the Bengals.
Safety Kurt Coleman (sternum contusion), Maclin, McCoy and Vick were all limited in practice Tuesday.
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