Eagles Notes: Eagles Michael Vick and LeSean McCoy recovering from concussions

Posted: December 12, 2012

Michael Vick and LeSean McCoy both passed their baseline ImPACT tests, a major step in their recoveries from concussions, the Eagles said. Neither practiced with the team on Monday, but there is a chance they could practice on Tuesday.

Neither will play in Thursday's game against Cincinnati - an independent neurologist must clear them first - but passing ImPACT was a major step in their recoveries.

Vick, who has missed four games, experienced tracking problems with his eyes during his recovery. McCoy, who has missed three games, had suffered from fatigue.

McCoy did not speak with reporters Monday. Vick went home with an illness.

The other two players to miss practice were defensive tackle Mike Patterson (illness) and tight end Brent Celek (concussion). Both have been ruled out of Thursday's game.

Cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha (neck, quadriceps), safety Kurt Coleman (sternum), wide receiver Jeremy Maclin (groin), and offensive lineman Evan Mathis (ankle), were limited at Monday's walk-through.

Bad game for Brown

Rookie running back Bryce Brown followed two record-setting performances with a dud in Sunday's loss to Tampa Bay, when he rushed for 6 yards on 12 carries. The seventh-round draft pick, who has become popular in Philadelphia since replacing McCoy, said he did not have his confidence rattled.

"Everybody who plays football knows you have bad games, and that was just one of them," Brown said. "It wasn't just on me. It was all of us. One person didn't have those great games - credit the offensive line. We didn't do a good job as a whole this week, but we're all excited to get out there Thursday and pick it back up."

The Buccaneers have the NFL's top run defense, so the Eagles knew it would be challenge to muster rushing yards.

"There's a reason why they were No. 1 going in," Brown said. "But I'll take the win."

Snuffing screen passes

Brandon Graham said defensive ends have the option on passing downs to line up wide or over the tackle, but the Eagles are not playing the wide-nine system they used under former defensive line coach Jim Washburn.

The changes to the defensive line helped against screen passes, which hurt the Eagles under their previous alignment.

"People have been killing us, especially with receiver screens," Graham said. "We've just got to fly to the ball. I feel like the D-line, we got after them up front. We stayed in our gaps. That's why the run was stuffed a little bit, and the back end was good covering. Everyone was doing their job this week."

Emotional win

The results in the NFC East on Sunday officially eliminated the Eagles from the postseason, although they were at least able to celebrate a victory after two months of losses.

"We needed this win and we needed some positivity to be going on around here," defensive end Trent Cole said. "Losing, and the way we've been losing - we've been losing some tough games and guys have been fighting hard and trying hard. It starts to become emotional, and having a win is just great for us as a team and as fans as well."

There is not much time to savor the victory. The Eagles will have their last full practice session before Thursday's game on Tuesday.


Contact Zach Berman at zberman@phillynews.com. Follow on Twitter @ZBerm.

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