Outlook bleak for concussed Eagles QB Michael Vick
By JOHN KRYK, QMI Agency
|Eagles quarterback Michael Vick is tackled by Cowboys defensive end Jason Hatcher (left) and linebacker Demarcus Ware (right) at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia, Pa., Nov. 11, 2012. (TIM SHAFFER/Reuters)
It's too early to know whether any of Sunday's three concussed starting quarterbacks -- Michael Vick (Philadelphia), Jay Cutler (Chicago) and Alex Smith (San Francisco) -- might play this week.
But prospects appeared bleakest for Vick.
His concussion, in the loss to the Dallas Cowboys, was "pretty significant," Eagles head coach Andy Reid said Monday.
"He has a headache ... a pretty good one, and he's tired. One of the things that is important is that he gets rest."
One report said the club already was planning to start rookie backup Nick Foles on Sunday at Washington.
Cutler was "getting better," Bears coach Lovie Smith said Monday, adding that the quarterback "was feeling better at the end" of Chicago's loss to the Houston Texans.
Cutler's status was uncertain for next Monday's game at San Francisco.
The NFL cleared the Bears of any wrong-doing as far as protocol for handling potential concussions, the Chicago Sun-Times reported.
Smith was feeling "much better" Monday and had a good night's sleep after suffering his concussion early in a tie with the St. Louis Rams, 49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh said Monday. Smith was scheduled to visit a neurologist Monday afternoon.
NFL clubs now have specific procedures and thresholds before any player can return to practice or games after getting a concussion.
NO ACTION FOR JACKSON
One NFLer who suffered a concussion Sunday and definitely won't suit up this week is Buffalo Bills running back Fred Jackson.
Jackson was pulverized up high by fast-charging New England linebacker Brandon Spikes late in Buffalo's loss, and appeared to momentarily lay motionless on the Gillette Stadium field.
Bills head coach Chan Gailey said Monday that Jackson's concussion was severe enough to keep him out of Thursday's home game against Miami.
NFL OWNS UP
Did replacement officials secretly return Sunday or what? The NFL on Monday confirmed that two big blunders occurred, in separate games.
First, that Denver Bronco Trindon Holliday indeed fumbled through the end zone after beginning his touchdown celebration before crossing the goal line on a punt return score; because Denver crushed Carolina, it didn't affect the result.
Second, that one minute mistakenly ran off the game clock in the San Francisco-St. Louis game while officials measured for a first down. The clock operator -- employed by the NFL, not the host 49ers -- committed the gaffe, and evidently denied it to on-field officials, none of whom had noticed the run-off.
NEWS TO MIKE
Mike Holmgren told Cleveland reporters he had "no idea" how CBSSports.com might have come upon information that he would happily take over as head coach of the Dallas Cowboys, should that vacancy arise. Holmgren is winding up an unsuccessful tenure as president of the Browns. "I haven't talked to a single soul -- that's the first thing," Holmgren told the Cleveland Plain Dealer. "The second thing is, I don't know, I honestly don't know what the future holds, or what I want to do. Honestly. Believe me on that. Thirdly, I've always been, quite honestly, bothered by the speculation during the season when coaches are trying to work and they're fighting like crazy for their jobs, and I would never do that."
Bet his agent would.