Vick gets some extra padding

Michael Vick, heading off the field on Sunday, may be back on the field for the Eagles in Week 3....

Michael Vick, heading off the field on Sunday, may be back on the field for the Eagles in Week 3. (Getty Images)

RYAN WOLSTAT, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 1:54 AM ET

TORONTO - Michael Vick was back in action on Thursday, though his status for Sunday’s game against the New York Giants remains in question.

The Eagles quarterback was able to return four days after he suffered a concussion and bit his tongue during a freak accident in Atlanta against the Falcons, his former team.

Vick went through a full practice – minus body contact — and the team said he had been cleared by an independent neurosurgeon to do so. He worked with the first-team offence, a good sign the team expects him to play, with some Kevlar padding added to his helmet.

“The 100-year-old foam everybody is using in helmets is antiquated,” Rob Vito, CEO of Unequaled Technologies, the company that will be working on Vick’s helmet, told ESPN. “Concussions are the injury of our age and really they should not be happening anymore.”

The hope, obviously, is that the modifications will help prevent Vick from getting hurt going forward.

Durability has been an issue for the veteran, who, given his risky style of play, has only suited up for a full campaign once. Vick already wears a Kevlar vest to protect his ribs.

New York Giants head coach Tom Coughlin has said he expects to see Vick on the other side of the field on Sunday.

That seems likely, but when asked whether Vick would start, Eagles head coach Andy Reid would only say: “He practised.”

ROMO LOOKING GOOD TOO

It still doesn’t seem like a smart idea, but Tony Romo is expected to play on Monday night against the Washington Redskins.

Romo battled through a fractured rib and a punctured rib last Sunday in a thrilling overtime win over San Francisco.

Cowboys running back DeMarco Murray said Romo could: “Barely breath,” after returning to the game against the 49ers.

“We were just seeing him grunting, and when he was trying to talk, he was just kind of holding on. You could see it in his facial expressions that he was hurt,” Murray told KESN-FM.

Though Romo wasn’t able to practice on Thursday, ESPN reports the puncture in his lung should clear up before the game and he has undergone a CT scan.

Backup quarterback Jon Kitna said he thinks Romo will play.

Even with Romo though, the Cowboys will be in tough due to a host of other injuries.

Miles Austin will sit, while Felix Jones, Dez Bryant and three other players also missed practice.

QUICK HITS

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