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QB Vick, RB McCoy still out for slumping Eagles

QB Vick, RB McCoy still out for slumping Eagles

PHILADELPHIA (AP) Quarterback Michael Vick and running back LeSean McCoy will not play Sunday, when the Philadelphia Eagles meet the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (6-6).

In an expected announcement, Eagles athletic trainer Rick Burkholder said Friday that neither has been cleared to return to football activity after suffering concussions last month.

Burkholder sent McCoy to Pittsburgh to be examined by the University of Pittsburgh's concussion specialists because he ``just didn't like the way things were adding up. I didn't like how he was getting symptoms at night and not during the day.''

He said those tests yielded nothing alarming but did convince Burkholder to change McCoy's rehabilitation protocol.

Burkholder said Vick is improving in his physical rehabilitation but is ``in kind of a stagnant phase'' with his testing.

The Eagles (3-9) are in last place in the NFC East, and have lost eight in a row. Quarterback Nick Foles and running back Bryce Brown will start Sunday. Both have filled in admirably, as Brown has rushed for 347 yards in his first two NFL starts - the most by an Eagle in a two-game span in 63 years.

``They do some pen-and-paper testing (and) they take them through a hard workout,'' Burkholder said of Philadelphia's injured stars. ``They have some goggles that they can look at their eye movement and track that kind of thing. They have some more intense testing (too). Nothing came back like big red flags.''

Yet neither is anywhere near a return for a team that is looking forward to next season, and has been for awhile.

Burkholder said Vick and McCoy both remain in stage four of the Eagles' five-phase concussion recovery program and said neither has passed the league-mandated ImPACT test. He said results of their latest tests, taken Friday, were not available.

``We're waiting to go to phase five and phase five . is contact,'' Burkholder said. ``I'm just waiting until they get less symptoms and a little bit better on their reaction time before I move them into that phase.''

Vick, a three-time Pro Bowl quarterback, will be inactive for a fourth straight week. McCoy, who led the NFL in touchdowns last year, will miss his third straight game. This will be the 10th game Vick has missed with injuries since taking starting duties away from Kevin Kolb in 2010.

``If you can't get your eyes totally back, it's hard to do the reaction-time stuff,'' Burkholder said of Vick. ``We're working on that. We're working on his tracking and what we call convergence and stuff like that, and it'll come.''

The work that the two are getting in has been intense, just without contact. On Friday, Vick and McCoy ran 15 100-yard sprints, then 50-yard walks in between. So, their heart rates were high. They also lifted in the weight room.

Elsewhere, Burkholder also said veteran defensive tackle Mike Patterson has been hospitalized with what the team believes is viral pneumonia and won't make the trip. He said the condition is not related to his offseason brain surgery, and he said there are no signs that anybody else on the team is suffering from the condition.

``He's doing fine,'' Burkholder said. ``He's stable. He just got sick and he ended up with pneumonia (and) we put him in the hospital where he could get the best care and we can keep an eye on him.

``We'll see how he does over the next couple of days.''

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NOTES: Eagles S Kurt Coleman also is out with a chest bruise. He'll be replaced by Colt Anderson, coach Andy Reid said. ... Reserve OL Nate Menkin, who has yet to play this year, suffered a throat cartilage tear during practice Friday and was also ruled out. ... The Eagles are 0-2 vs. the NFC South.

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Tom Haberstroh believes Wizards' Rui Hachimura should be NBA All-Rookie First Team

Tom Haberstroh believes Wizards' Rui Hachimura should be NBA All-Rookie First Team

Rui Hachimura has had an impressive rookie season, even if there were some struggles along the way. But, was his first NBA campaign impressive enough to land an NBA All-Rookie First Team nod?

According to NBC Sports' Tom Haberstroh, the answer is a clear yes.

“He does, in my book he’s first-team all-rookie," Haberstroh said Sunday on NBC Sports Washington's Wizards Pregame Live.

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Haberstroh understands that Hachimura may not get the same attention as other big-name rookies such as Zion Williamson or Ja Morant, but that shouldn't take away from his body of work. Though there were some tough showings at points during the campaign, which is to be expected, Hachimura established himself as a solid scorer. 

Yet, what is more impressive to Haberstroh than the 13.4 points per game as a rookie is how Hachimura kept that scoring total despite Washington's situation. The forward was thrown right into the middle of a young roster and asked to create shots. The analyst also noted that Hachimura started playing the sport of basketball at a much later age than other rookies and he's still competing at the same level.

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Hachimura also didn't have the luxury of John Wall, a point guard who could've helped him find more shot opportunities. For times throughout the season, he was asked to be one of "the guys" in Washington, which is no easy task for a rookie. When looking at what he did and who he did it with, Haberstroh thinks the All-Rookie honor makes sense. 

“The minutes that he played, the consistency from a scoring standpoint and the fact that he didn’t have a true playmaker to work with, John Wall out for the season," Haberstroh said. “It’s really been an impressive year for Rui Hachimura and I think he’s done a very, very good job considering the environment that seemed like guys were dropping left and right.”

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‘Stephen Strasburg’ the dog catches first pitch for Stephen Strasburg’s first start

‘Stephen Strasburg’ the dog catches first pitch for Stephen Strasburg’s first start

Stephen Strasburg made his 2020 debut Sunday after missing the first two and a half weeks of the season with a nerve issue in his throwing hand. But before he could take the mound, the Nationals put up a video on the jumbotron of another Stephen Strasburg catching the first pitch.

“Stephen Strasburg” was adopted from the Humane Rescue Center by Nationals fan Mary Elizabeth Pratt just before last fall’s World Series. Her pitch was a little bit outside but Stephen had no problem scooping it up and running it back over to her.

The baseball-playing Stephen Strasburg is coming off a year in which he won World Series MVP honors and signed a seven-year extension to remain with the Nationals.

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