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Eagles’ Vick, Bears’ Cutler Have Concussion, Will Miss NFL Games

November 17, 2012

Quarterbacks Michael Vick of the Philadelphia Eagles and Jay Cutler of the Chicago Bears both have concussions and were ruled out of their teams’ next National Football League games.

Vick, 32, was injured during a Nov. 11 loss to the Dallas Cowboys and will be replaced by Nick Foles, who will make his first career start when the Eagles visit the Washington Redskins tomorrow, Eagles coach Andy Reid said yesterday.

Foles, a 23-year-old rookie who played at the University of Arizona, went 22-of-32 passing for 219 yards, with a touchdown pass and an interception against the Cowboys. Vick completed six of nine pass attempts for 70 yards and a score before his exit.

“He’s had symptoms all week since the game,” Rick Burkholder, the Eagles’ trainer, told reporters, citing a headache that has diminished somewhat this week, fogginess and fatigue. “He’s not the Michael Vick that I know when he’s healthy.”

Burkholder didn’t say when the team expects Vick to return.

“Right now, we’re early on in the process,” he said.

The Eagles, at 3-6, have lost five straight games.

Backup Jason Campbell will start for the Bears (7-2) when they visit the San Francisco 49ers on Nov. 19, the team said on its website.

Cutler, 29, was injured during the second quarter of a 13-6 loss to the Houston Texans. Campbell played the entire second half, completing 11 of 19 passes for 94 yards.

Texans linebacker Tim Dobbins was fined $30,000 -- and filed an appeal -- for the hit that injured Cutler when the quarterback scrambled out of the pocket and threw a pass before being struck in the chin by Dobbins’s helmet.

To contact the reporter on this story: Mason Levinson in New York at mlevinson@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Michael Sillup at msillup@bloomberg.net


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