Andy Reid defends Eagles' handling of concussions

The Philadelphia Eagles are still licking their wounds from Sunday’s season-opening loss to the Green Bay Packers.

Forget the quarterback situation for just a moment. Center Jamaal Jackson has a torn triceps and will require surgery that will likely end his season. As we’ve reported here earlier today, fullback Leonard Weaver will miss the remainder of the season following a gruesome ACL tear. Those were just the major injuries.

Then, there is the matter of Kevin Kolb, who left the game at halftime with a concussion. Today, coach Andy Reid had to defend how the team handled Kolb and middle linebacker Stewart Bradley. Both players suffered concussions and returned to the game before being pulled for good at halftime.

Reid defended athletic trainer Rick Burkholder and his staff despite the fact that Bradley did a face plant on the field after getting up following an initial hit.

“We stuck to the criteria there and then followed up on it,” Reid said, according to the Philadelphia Daily News. “That’s the most important thing. We didn’t stick (Bradley) out there without following the protocol and we stayed on top of it and made the decision to take them out when symptoms were there.”
“The (medical staff) goes to the extreme to make sure they follow the medical protocols that are set for anything. It was no different for this situation.”

Kolb was being evaluated for his concussion today. He will be evaluated again Wednesday and then see a neutral physician on Friday in Philadelphia. If Kolb is given clearance, it’s possible he could practice later in the day on Friday. Most signs, though, point to Michael Vick making the start on Sunday at Detroit. Based on how Vick performed against the Packers, that might not be a bad thing.

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