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Vick advances into phase 2 of concussion recovery

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Posted 23 November 2012 - 02:55 PM

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Vick advances into phase 2 of concussion recovery

November 23, 2012, 1:34 pm

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Eagles quarterback Michael Vick has been advanced into phase two in his recovery from a concussion, Eagles trainer Rick Burkholder confirmed Friday through an Eagles spokesman.

The Eagles have not officially ruled out Vick for their nationally televised game Monday night against the Panthers at the Linc, although he’s still an enormous longshot to play.

But considering that head coach Andy Reid said Wednesday Vick was still in phase one, there is finally concrete evidence 12 days after he got hurt that Vick is at least making progress.

Vick suffered what the Eagles said was a serious concussion during the Eagles’ loss to the Cowboys on Nov. 11. He did not play against the Redskins this past Sunday, when the Eagles lost their sixth straight game.

In phase one of concussion recovery, a player cannot exercise at all. Vick was on the bike machine in the team’s weight room Wednesday morning doing what Burkholder has described as heart-rate training at an increasing percentage of his maximum heart rate.

For a player to be advanced from phase one to phase two, he must past the NFL-mandated impact test, which measures brain activity before and after a concussion. Until brain function returns to pre-concussion levels, a player cannot be cleared to exercise.

Vick still won’t be be able to practice or play in a game until he’s cleared by a league-approved neurologist and is then cleared by team internist Gary Dorshimer, who is considered a concussion specialist.

There was no immediate word from the Eagles on when a meeting with the league-approved neurologist might take place.

Rookie Nick Foles made his first NFL start Sunday in the Eagles’ 31-6 loss to the Redskins at FedEx Field.

Eagles head coach Andy Reid has said Vick will return to quarterback the Eagles when he’s healthy, no matter what the team’s record is or how Foles performs.

The Eagles are 3-6 this year under Vick, who’s completed 58.5 percent of his passes with 11 touchdowns, nine interceptions and a 79.2 passer rating.

Since going 8-2 in his first 10 starts with the Eagles, Vick has won just 10 of 24 starts.

The Eagles face the 2-8 Panthers at 8:30 p.m. Monday at the Linc.

Receiver Jason Avant (hamstring), tailback LeSean McCoy (concussion) and Vick were all absent from practice, although Avant was outside in uniform watching.

Defensive tackle Cullen Jenkins (foot, ankle), who missed practice on Wednesday, was back on Friday. Offensive lineman Danny Watkins (ankle) was also participating.

E-mail Reuben Frank at rfrank@comcastsportsnet.com