Michael Vick adds padding to helmet

  • Ed Werder [ARCHIVE]
  • ESPN | November 27, 2012

Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Michael Vick has begun preparing for his potential return, spending Tuesday night being sized for a protective skull cap that he plans to wear under his helmet to safeguard against suffering another concussion.

Vick Helmet
Michael FoersterMichael Vick holds an additionally padded prototype of the helmet he may wear upon his return to the field following his concussion.

At the urging of neurologist Dr. Dimi Barot, Vick met at his home with Unequal Technology Corporation CEO Rob Vito to be measured for the new "dome'' device made of the company's Concussion Reduction Technology.

Vick had Unequal retro-fit his helmet with similar padding upon returning from a concussion in September 2011. The same company designed protective Kevlar devices that enabled Vick and Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo to play with serious rib injuries in recent seasons.

Eagles coach Andy Reid said Vick is close to being medically cleared after missing two games with a concussion. Vick is scheduled to be tested Wednesday to determine whether he can practice, Reid said.

If Vick is cleared, Reid must decide whether to start Vick or rookie Nick Foles against the Cowboys. The Eagles have lost seven straight games, creating doubt about the futures of both Reid and Vick.

Vick has not played since suffering a concussion three weeks ago when he was hit by Dallas linebacker Ernie Sims.

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