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Monday, November 3, 2014

Jets Injury Update: Michael Vick injured, returns

By on 11/03/2014 10:00:00 AM

Veteran quarterback Michael Vick started for the New York Jets in yesterday's game against the Kansas City Chiefs, but left in the fourth quarter after suffering a head injury. He managed to return to the game, however, after passing concussion tests while being evaluated in the locker room.

Vick was injured after throwing an incomplete pass and being pushed by Chiefs' linebacker Josh Mauga, hitting his head hard on the ground. Vick stayed down for a moment before being helped off the field by the Jets' training staff, and then proceeded to the locker room for concussion testing. Vick was quoted after the game saying that the Jets "took the appropriate steps" and that he was "able to pass all the steps," prompting his return to the field.

After Vick passed the concussion test and returned to the game, he finished the day completing 21 of his 28 passes for 196 yards and a touchdown. He also rushed four times for 18 yards. Perhaps more importantly to head coach Rex Ryan, Vick did not turn the ball over, and thus has already been named the starter for week 10 against the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Vick took over for Geno Smith after he was benched in last week's game against the Buffalo Bills. Smith was inactive for yesterday's game with a shoulder injury and the timetable for his return is unclear, meaning Vick could be the starter even beyond week 10.

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