Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Michael Vick will miss his third straight game because of a concussion and reports surfaced Friday that he believes the team has ulterior motives for keeping him on the sideline.
Running back LeSean McCoy also will sit out Sunday's game against Dallas with a concussion that forced him to miss last week's game. Neither McCoy nor Vick has received medical clearance to resume practicing.
Eagles trainer Rich Burkholder said Vick is in stage four in the five-step concussion recovery process and McCoy is at stage two.
Burkholder told The Philadelphia Inquirer that Vick's progress had leveled off, but he's hoping Vick will pass the tests on Monday.
Vick claimed that the Eagles (3-8) have political reasons for him not playing and questioned their rationale. Rookie Nick Foles has started in pace of Vick.
"There's no conspiracy here on Vick's return," Burkholder said.
There were conflicting reports the past two days on when Vick might return. One indicated that he would be out for the season. ESPN.com and Yahoo Sports said he's improving.
One thing is certain. The Eagles are struggling with or without Vick, having lost seven straight games.