Sep 182010
Eagles LB Omar Gaither

Eagles LB Omar Gaither

September 18 Philadelphia Inquirer:

“To no surprise, Andy Reid announced Friday that Kevin Kolb and Stewart Bradley will not play when the Eagles travel to face the Detroit Lions on Sunday.

Michael Vick and Omar Gaither, as expected, will replace the concussed quarterback and middle linebacker in the starting lineup. The question now is whether they will retain those roles for another week as Kolb and Bradley continue to be monitored.

Reid said that both passed the written part of the concussion test and were to be examined Friday afternoon by William Welch, a neurological surgeon at Penn. They may still have a few phases to clear before they can return to practice.

“I’m not sure the level to tell you,” Reid said when asked where Kolb and Bradley stood in relation to the NFL’s guidelines on concussion treatment and return. “I will tell you this, though, that Bradley was there before Kevin, at that point. Bradley’s felt pretty good here for a couple days.”

Neither player practiced during the week. They eventually were permitted to attend meetings and do some light exercising. With Reid seemingly a little more optimistic about Bradley’s recovery, it appears that the linebacker would be more likely to play against Jacksonville next week than Kolb.

“Kevin’s doing well,” Vick said. “He actually said he felt a lot better today, felt like he could’ve gone out there and participated on the practice team and ran the scout team, so that was great.”

Vick, who will get his first start since Dec. 31, 2006, when he was with the Atlanta Falcons, said that Kolb assisted in his film study of Detroit. The 30-year-old Vick has 67 career starts under center, but probably none as anticipated as this one.

“Honestly, I feel better than I ever did in my career, physically and mentally,” Vick said, adding later: “It’s a surreal moment. Honestly, I didn’t think it was going to happen this early. As a backup, you kind of a get into a mode of thinking that you’re not going to play.”

Vick took every first-team repetition in practice this week. Wide receiver DeSean Jackson said on Wednesday that the offensive game plan was being trimmed for Vick who replaced Kolb midway through last Sunday’s game and nearly rallied the Eagles past the Packers in a 27-20 Philadelphia loss.

He ran seven times in the second half, but Reid said he would not limit Vick’s scrambling abilities because he’ll have only one other quarterback dressed.

“He has to play his game,” Reid said. “He can’t be worried about all that.”

Mike Kafka will be the backup. Reid said that he considered bringing in another quarterback but decided to go with just Vick and the rookie. The coach declined to name the emergency third quarterback but did say that he had several options.”

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