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Reid comes under fire for head injuries

Concussion problems scrutinized after Eagles loss

new year for QB Club starts.

September 14, 2010|By Grant Gordon,

GLENDALE — The following are odds and ends from the local sports scene.



It's been a rough couple of days for Glendale Community College alum Andy Reid.

The Philadelphia Eagles head coach is dealing with his team's Week One loss to the Green Bay Packers, a slew of injuries and backlash for how his team dealt with those injuries.


During the Eagles' 27-20 loss to the Packers, starting quarterback Kevin Kolb was injured with a concussion, paving the way for controversial reserve quarterback Michael Vick to take his spot.

Also injured with a concussion was linebacker Stewart Bradley, while center Jamaal Jackson (torn triceps) and fullback Leonard Weaver (ACL tear) were likely lost for the year.

Both Kolb and Bradley returned to the game in some capacity, though. It brought on a lot of questions and brought Eagles head athletic trainer Rick Burkholder under scrutiny, but Reid defended his colleague.

"We stuck to the criteria there and then followed up on it," Reid told 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."

Kolb was initially diagnosed with a jaw injury and Bradley, according to Reid, was "clear-minded" after the initial hit that caused the injury. After both returned to play and did show signs of injury, they were pulled from action once again, this time for the remainder of the game.

"Nobody does it better than what Rick does and our docs," Reid said. "The important thing is we took care of them and got them out of there."

Just as big a topic was whether or not Vick, who was previously jailed for his involvement with a dogfighting ring while a member of the Atlanta Falcons, would get the start on Sunday at Detroit. Vick rushed for more than 100 yards and passed for 175 in the Eagles' comeback bid.

Reid was clear, though, that if Kolb was OK to play, he was and is the Eagles' starting quarterback.



The Glendale YMCA Quarterback Club will hold its first meeting at 11:30 a.m. today at The Elk's Lodge, 120 E. Colorado St., Glendale.

The club, which is in its 68th year, is geared to support the Crescenta Valley, Hoover, Glendale and St. Francis high football teams and the Glendale Community College football program.

The club will meet Tuesdays through Nov. 23.

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