Tag:Kevin Kolb Concussion
Posted on: September 16, 2010 1:38 pm
 

Kolb, Bradley pass tests, to practice Friday

Posted by Will Brinson

Kevin Kolb and Stewart Bradley, two of the approximately 97* concussed Eagles players from Sunday failed the second phase of their concussion tests on Wednesday, but Thursday was a different story -- both players passed the full tests and are cleared for practice.

The only problem is that they cannot practice, due to rules, until Friday. That means that Michael Vick will continue practicing with the first team in Philadelphia and remains the favorite to start for the Eagles on Sunday due to a lack of time for Kolb to practice and the potential risk for re-injury.

However, if Kolb is cleared and ready to return to the field by Sunday, don't discount Andy Reid rolling the dice and giving his new franchise quarterback a shot at starting (or at the very least, playing) -- the Eagles get the Lions this week, and given the numbers Jay Cutler put up against them last week, we can assume that Reid would rather nip the quarterback controversy in the bud and let Kolb play -- provided he plays well -- than have Vick put up monster numbers against the Lions and give the Philly fan base something to really chunk batteries at.

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*May be a slight exaggeration.
Posted on: September 15, 2010 1:31 pm
Edited on: September 15, 2010 1:43 pm
 

Kolb fails concussion test, Vick with 1st team

Posted by Will Brinson

The quarterback controversy that exists in Philadelphia (without really existing, technically speaking) should be fairly calm until Sunday, as it appears that Kevin Kolb is somewhat unlikely to play after not passing the second phase of the concussion test on Wednesday.

Stewart Bradley, the linebacker who suffered a concussion on Sunday, also failed the second phase of the concussion test, although they have "made progress" since Monday according to Reid.

According to the Philadelphia Daily News , because of Kolb's status, Michael Vick will take the first team reps Wednesday and Thursday, although Andy Reid declined to discuss Friday.

"We'll take Friday as it comes," Reid said.

Reid also said that "Kevin knows he the guy" which is the same mantra he's repeated since Sunday and the same one he'll repeat until Kolb is ready to play.

The issue will be if Vick has a monster game on Sunday -- the Eagles play the Lions, so it's entirely possible -- and causes fans to clamor for his ascension to the starting role .

"If I'm the guy then I'm going to get ready to try to put this team in position to win and that's the ultimate goal," Vick said according to the Eagles' website . "I don't really go out and try to prove to anybody that I can still play this game. The primary focus is to put this team in a position to win whenever I'm on the field. You can't go out and try to prove yourself because that's adding pressure to this game and it's already hard as it is."

"I just have to make the most out of the opportunity and try to help this football team win until Kevin comes back and he's healthy," Vick added.

But as I've said before , Reid simply won't make Vick his starter and he (Vick) seems to know that and is 100 percent committed to passing along the same message as Reid, which is a good thing.

It makes zero sense from a PR perspective , particularly since it's fully understood that he's all-in on Kolb as the quarterback of the future. The concussion issue, provided that Kolb doesn't play entirely atrociously when he returns, is simply an easy out for Reid and the coaching staff to let Vick play as much as he needed.

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Posted on: September 12, 2010 9:20 pm
 

Reid: Kolb will start if he's healthy

Posted by Will Brinson

The first and second halves for the Philadelphia Eagles were about as different as the two quarterbacks who led them -- Kevin Kolb struggled mightly (24 yards passing!) in the first and as Josh wrote, Michael Vick reminded us of the Vick of old during the second half as Philly nearly stormed back on the Green Bay Packers.

That second half performance won't matter though, if you believe Andy Reid, as the head coach indicated following the game that regardless of how well Vick played, Kolb would remain the starter provided he's cleared to play.

Reid's decision isn't all that surprising, really. After all, while Vick looked great in relief duty, Kolb is still his quarterback of the future, and just because he got booed by Philly fans doesn't mean, well, anything.

Creating a quarterback controversy would be foolish right now, in that it wouldn't benefit Kolb's confidence, it would undermine the team's confidence in Kolb, and it would immediately make people wonder why Donovan McNabb -- and not Kolb -- was the player traded in the offseason.

Additionally, if Vick came plummeting back to Earth the next week, Reid's quarterback situation would be completely untenable. The worst case now involves Kolb not being cleared and Vick starting against Detroit.

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Posted on: September 12, 2010 6:17 pm
 

Kevin Kolb out for 2nd half with concussion

Posted by Will Brinson

Kevin Kolb's first half wasn't exactly pretty -- the new Eagles quarterback threw for 24 total yards and left at halftime to boos from the Philadelphia crowd. He didn't return to the field, either, and the reason is that he's out for the remainder of the game with a concussion.

Kolb suffered the injury near the end of the first half when he face-planted into the turf and was seen

Michael Vick took Kolb's place under center and on his very first play, did what, well, Vick does -- a meandering 23-yard sprint around defenders that was reminiscent of something out of a video game.

Kolb's absence is obviously devastating for an Eagles team that was desperately seeking a good start with their new identity -- they're not necessarily done with Vick back there, but losing Kolb drastically changes their game plan for the second half against the Packers.

The Eagles also believe that Leonard Weaver, who left the field after a gruesome leg injury, could be out for the remainder of the season.
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