Michael Vick’s status for Sunday’s game against the New York Giants remains up in the air. The Eagles quarterback suffered a concussion in the third quarter of Sunday night’s 35-31 loss to the Atlanta Falcons when he collided with teammate Todd Herremans.
Eagles trainer Rick Burkholder indicated on Monday that it wasn’t a significant concussion and that he was “absolutely fine” after the game. But he most go through the league-mandated protocol this week before he can be cleared to play.
While Vick’s status remains uncertain, his potential replacement isn’t.
A team source told The Sports Xchange that head coach Andy Reid is leaning heavily towards starting Mike Kafka over Vince Young. Young, who signed with the Eagles at the start of training camp, missed the first two games after suffering a hamstring strain in the final preseason game. He took snaps for the first time since the injury last Friday and is expected to practice on Wednesday.
But Reid was impressed by Kafka’s play Sunday after replacing Vick. He completed 7 of 9 passes for 72 yards. One of those two incompletions was a fourth-and-four pass to Jeremy Maclin on the Eagles’ final drive that Maclin should have caught. If he had, it would have given the Eagles a first down at the Atlanta 15 yards line with a minute and a half left in the game.
“He played really well,” Reid said. “Really, that last series, he did a beautiful job.”
The Eagles signed Young to a one-year, $4 million contract. But his comfort level with the offense is nothing like Kafka’s. Against the Giants’ pass rush, Reid would prefer Kafka because he knows he will get the ball out quickly and will be less prone to turnovers.