Eagles wide receiver DeSean Jackson has not yet passed his verbal test yet to continue to the next phase of his recovery, but head coach Andy Reid says he’s improving. Michael Vick continues to heal as well – the quarterback was listed as a full participant in today’s practice. Vick will play Sunday, but could be the emergency quarterback again.
“I can’t tell you right now whether he’s going to be 2 or 3,” Reid said. He did go through practice again today. He felt good today. So we’ll just see how he does tomorrow.”
Vick said he’s pretty close to 100 percent. “I can throw the ball. I can throw it full strength and effectively and that’s a credit to the training staff,” Vick said.
The 30-year-old didn’t know how much he’d be used Sunday, if at all. “Haven’t decided on my role yet, but whatever I’m asked to do that’s what I’m going to do,” said Vick.
Jackson meanwhile hasn’t been able to resume any light exercise, as he still needs to pass his verbal test. “He’s done very well, but he hasn’t quite passed it,” Reid said. “He gets through it though. He gets all the way through it.”
Reid said that the bigger issue for Jackson at the moment is in his upper body, not his head. “Really, it’s more the place where DeSean took the hit that’s more sore than the head,” Reid said. “His mind’s clear. He feels good in that area, but just the area on the right side where [he got hit], it’s a bit sore. And then kind of up through his back and neck area, just from the shock of the hit there.”
The Eagles head coach also added that Jackson seems to be acting more like himself. “He was upbeat today. He was moving around. He feels a lot better today than he did yesterday, so again, he’s making progress,” Reid said.
The Eagles list Brodrick Bunkley (elbow), DeSean Jackson (concussion) and Jason Peters (knee) as out for Sunday. Michael Vick (rib) is listed as questionable. LeSean McCoy (rib), Brent Celek (wrist), Nick Cole (knee), Kurt Coleman (quadriceps), Riley Cooper (concussion) and Brandon Graham (illness and ankle) are all listed as probable.
LeSean McCoy said that he’s still not 100 percent due to his fractured rib, but that x-rays have shown that it seems to be healing well. McCoy will continue to wear a flak jacket for extra protection.
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