There is a drama being played out in Philadelphia. Then again, there's always drama in Philly. This time, it has to do with the health of Michael Vick.
Vick, I'm told by a source, believes his concussion symptoms are improving and he's ready to play. Vick believes he's being kept on the bench so the team can get a better look at the backup, Nick Foles, a source said. Meanwhile, several Eagles players told CBSSports.com they are worried about Vick's long-term health.
What's going on here? A lot of things.
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First, the players. They are concerned that Vick has taken more shots to the head than generally known and are worried he might be putting his future health at risk, something Vick apparently strongly does not believe. One teammate compared Vick to Detroit running back Jahvid Best, who hasn't played since his last concussion in October 2011. There's no proof that Vick's concussion was as bad as Best's (or that he has Best's concussion history) but teammates are concerned Vick might be trying to push a comeback too soon.
"Mike knows he's auditioning for the Eagles now, and for the rest of the NFL if the Eagles let him go at the end of the year," said one player. "He wants to get in there and play to prove he's still a good player."
Vick, players said, is concerned that what happened to 49ers quarterback Alex Smith (Smith hasn't regained his starting job after suffering a concussion) is happening to him.
There's no proof of this and it's a long way from Nick Foles to Colin Kaepernick. . What we know is that, according to the Eagles, Vick did not pass his concussion tests this week. Vick apparently believes he's doing better than what the Eagles are saying and wants to play. Some teammates think Vick is more hurt than he wants to admit.
This has the potential to be quite messy. It's expected that Andy Reid will be fired and also quite possible the Eagles will part ways with Vick as well.