Eagles fans all over collectively held their breath when Mike Vick was forced to leave last week's game after having his bell rung. That same fanbase breathed a collective sigh of relief when it was announced that Vick could and would play in this week's game against the New York Giants.
I can certainly understand their relief, but I would hold off on thinking all is well if I were them. Vick was diagnosed with a concussion, but it was deemed to be a "mild concussion." I'm here to tell you that there is no such thing as a mild concussion.
Medically-speaking, there is such a thing as a mild concussion, but a concussion is a concussion, regardless of how minor it is deemed to be.
I find it hard to believe that, with everything we now know about concussions, a week is enough time for Vick to be ready to play. I can't help but feel like the Eagles will regret making the decision to rush Vick back.
Even if his injury was something less alarming, there is very little to lose by sitting Vick down for a week. One game is not going to wreck their season, even if that game is a divisional game like it is against the Giants.
You also have to worry that this injury will just lead to more for Vick. He was injury-prone to begin with, and this doesn't help. There is medical evidence that suggests that being concussed can make you more likely to be concussed in the future. That's not good news for someone that is going to be hit as often as Vick will be.
The Eagles clearly did all they could to get Vick ready to play this week against the Giants, but I think their insistence on playing him is misguided. Having him play this one game is not worth the risk of losing him for much longer.