With the season looking bleaker every week, the Philadelphia Eagles (3-7) have one with bad news: starting quarterback Michael Vick is out this week against the Carolina Panthers on Monday night. Backup quarterback Nick Foles will again take over the reins.
Last week against the Washington Redskins, Foles was 21 for 46, 204 yards, zero touchdowns and two interceptions. His team lost 31-6 in an ugly game.
As of Friday morning, Vick was still in the first phase of the NFL’s concussion protocol and according to Eagles coach Andy Reid, his player is “getting close to Phase 2” reported CBS Sports. This means a light aerobic workout but no weight training or more directly, the the odds are not good for Vick to play on Monday night.
For Foles, he’ll need to put his first dismal start behind him for game No. 2. On Wednesday the question had been posed if he’d feel more comfortable, he responded via CBS Sports, “I hope a lot. There is a lot to learn from that game: You can’t have turnovers, I missed some throws that you need to hit, accuracy, and just keeping the rhythm of the game.”
Quarterback No. 2 who is recovering from a concussion is San Francisco 49ers Alex Smith. While he returned to practice last week, he did not play against the Chicago Bears and his backup Colin Kaepernick did a very good job filling his shoes.
He did so well that questions have been lingering all week whether 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh would just stick with the talented backup.
It’s Friday and Harbaugh still wouldn’t name his starter for Sunday against the New Orleans Saints. Rumors have been swirling that Kaepernick will get the starting nod but his coach doesn’t feel its advantageous at this time to name his quarterback for Sunday.
He said via the 49ers website, “It’s just not something we think is an advantage for us to talk about. You have your opinions on it. If it’s unorthodox, so be it. You can call me names if you want or make a fool of me, but that’s the way we’re going to go about it.”
Smith’s concussion symptoms have reportedly been gone since Tuesday. Harbaugh commented about this with, “That’s a real positive.”
And that’s the end of that conversation.
Meanwhile, if he passes the requisite tests there’s no question Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler will start on Sunday against the Minnesota Vikings.
He has also slowly been recovering this week and on Friday, coach Lovie Smith said of Cutler via ESPN: “He has progressed as we wanted him to do. As I’ve said, it’s looking good. One more step to get him evaluated by an independent neurologist. Jay Cutler is getting better, was able to do more than he did yesterday.”
The player will have an evaluation on Saturday that will give the green light or not. Cutler has been listed questionable for Sunday’s game.