Eagles head coach Andy Reid did not rule out QB Kevin Kolb or MLB Stewart Bradley for the team's Week Two game against the Lions despite both sustaining concussions in the season opener against the Packers.
Reid said Monday that both players must pass a specific evaluation process before they are cleared to play. He maintained that the team's medical staff will follow the NFL's new guidelines for concussions.
The way we see it
Backup QB Michael Vick almost rallied the Eagles from a big deficit against the Packers and at times looked like the Vick of old. But Reid has stuck with Kolb since the day Philly traded Donovan McNabb, and if Kolb is healthy he will likely start.
The new NFL guidelines on concussions are aimed to keep players safe after many studies have shown the long-term effects of concussions with NFL players. Some wondered if Reid went against those guidelines when both Kolb and Bradley briefly returned to the game after the injuries. The new rules require players suspected of sustaining a concussion to get approval from an independent doctor before re-entering the game. With close scrutiny of the Eagles' decision on the two players, expect the team to use extreme caution regarding Kolb and Bradley.