PHILADELPHIA - OCTOBER 17: DeSean Jackson #10 of the Philadelphia Eagles is laid out by Dunta Robinson #23 of the Atlanta Falcons during their game at Lincoln Financial Field on October 17 2010 in Philadelphia Pennsylvania. Both players were injured on the play and had to be helped off the field. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

NFL Fines Dunta Robinson $50k For Hit On DeSean Jackson

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NFL: Hit On DeSean Jackson Was Definitely Illegal

NFL VP of operations Ray Anderson was on ESPN’s Mike & Mike this morning to talk about the league's new tougher stance on illegal and violent hits. He was asked specifically about Dunta Robinson’s hit on DeSean Jackson that knocked both players out of Sunday’s Eagles vs Falcons game. Eagletarian had the transcript.

“Technically, by the rules, even if you initiate contact below the neck, but you get up into a players head and neck area for a defenseless receiver, technically under that rule, that was a violation,” Anderson said. “That’s why it was called (a penalty). And it will be subject to discipline.”

Yes, it was a bang-bang play," Anderson said. “You can make the argument that it was different from the others (hits on Sunday). But at the end of the day, it was still illegal under the current rules. And we have to be very vigorous about enforcing and protecting our players against hits like this.”

Robinson will certainly be fined for the hit, but I doubt he’ll be one of the players suspended if indeed suspensions come down this week. Brandon Merriweather and James Harrison are more likely candidates for suspension because they really seemed to have more intent than Robinson did. While Robinson’s hit was clearly illegal under the new hitting a defenseless WR rules, it’s hard to say that there was malicious intent there.

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Eagles Injury News: Andy Reid Discusses DeSean Jackson's Concussion

Below are Andy Reid’s full comments on DeSean Jackson’s concussion and timeline for recovery.

“Well, listen, with every concussion when you get hit like that you’re not going to remember everything, but it wasn’t like amnesia set in. He remembered his touchdowns and all the things that happened. He didn’t necessarily remember the hit when it took place. That was a heck of a hit. And listen, it’s one of those – it was a rough one on both those guys. But as far as the timing goes, that’s not accurate, and the memory loss, I don’t know to what extent [because] I didn’t hear all these comments, but it was a concussion and these are the things that happen with these concussions. But he got a pretty good jolt, now. That was a big hit. I’m not sure I’ve seen one here quite like that one in our stadium. That was a big hit for both guys.”

On whether he is confident Jackson will have a chance to play against the Colts after the bye week:

“We just have to take it [one step at a time].”

On whether he has any reason to think Jackson would not be ready against the Colts:

“No. I didn’t hear any of that. Maybe somebody knows something I don’t know, but I doubt it.”

On whether Jackson’s concussion is the most severe concussion a player on the team has suffered this year:

“Well, I’ll tell you that was a violent collision and that’s what I’ll tell you. We’ve had a couple others that were pretty good ones, but this was a pretty violent one. And the thing about it is, the next question goes, ‘Well, if Riley’s been out two weeks, you know, DeSean [should be out longer, too?]’ I think they’re all different, and so you just have to go on the symptoms and see what happens, and listen to the doctors, and listen to the player and the trainer. So, we’ll just see how it all works. But that collision, that was a rough one.”

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Reid: DeSean Jackson "A Real Stretch" To Be Ready To Play Sunday

Andy Reid updated DeSean Jackson’s condition at his Monday press conference and the news was mixed. First, he said that Jackson had indeed suffered a concussion and did not actually recall the hit. He did however, recall his touchdowns and the rest of the game.

Reid said that while Jackson would be a “real stretch” to play this weekend against the Titans, there was no reason at this point to think he would be out after the bye week following the Titans game.

In addition to the concussion, Jackson is experiencing soreness in the shoulder and neck area but was in “good spirits” today as he came in for treatment.

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Eagles Vs Falcons: Andy Reid Postgame Quotes

Andy Reid opened his postgame conference without much news on DeSean Jackson’s injury. He said it was obviously a concussion but had no news beyond that. He did say that he didn’t think Jackson lost consciousness and that DeSean was awake when he was out there. He was asked whether these violent collisions were becoming more common in the NFL lately.

“I think it’s been that way. At that position, you have speed guys, and you have some guys who can whack you when they get to you. I don’t think things have changed that way. I think you’re seeing some violent collisions throughout the league, but if you look over time, there have been some crazy collisions between safeties and wide receivers, between safeties and tight ends, and between corners and wide receivers on crossing routes. That’s what happened in this situation.”

On the solid play of the much maligned King Dunlap

“I thought big King did a pretty good job. He had one penalty for hands-in-the-face, but when a guy is trying to bull-rush you and you’re 6-9, sometimes that’s going to happen. I thought he bent well, and I thought he delivered his hands in tight. He has 35-and-a-half inch arms, so when he extends those, I’m not sure there is anyone in the league that can get into his chest. He battled all the way through. I have to see the film, but I thought for the most part, he did a pretty good job.”

Will the good play of Kevin Kolb make it hard to go back to Michael Vick?

“This is a beautiful thing. When you’re sitting here as a chubby head coach in the National Football League, and you have two good quarterbacks, you’re a happy guy. That’s a positive thing.”

Finally, does this win over Atlanta solidify the Eagles position in the NFC?

“Every week in this thing is a challenge. This was a challenge this week and I thought the guys were focused and ready to play their hearts out. Next week is another challenge. I still believe that [Atlanta] is a heck of a football team. They are very well-coached and they play hard and aggressive football. We were able to get a few big plays on them and put them in a little bit of a bind, but that’s a good football team in all phases of their game. The NFL is crazy right now. Next week is another challenge, and you have to focus in on that, rise to the challenge, and then you’re off to the races.”

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Video: Dunta Robinson's Illegal Hit On DeSean Jackson That Injures Both Players

During the first half of the Eagles Vs Falcons game, Atlanta CB Dunta Robinson put a clearly dirty helmet to helmet hit on DeSean Jackson. The hit, for which the Falcons were flagged for 15 yards and Robinson will undoubtedly be fined for, appeared to knock both players out cold. Both were helped off the field looking very woozy and would not return.


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Recap: Eagles Defeat Falcons 31-17

Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) – Kevin Kolb was highly efficient in throwing for 326 yards and a career-high three touchdowns, and the Philadelphia Eagles trounced the visiting Atlanta Falcons, 31-17.

Kolb, who has been mired in a much-publicized quarterback controversy with the injured Michael Vick, completed 23-of-29 passes and was picked off once for the Eagles (4-2), who have won four of their last five games and notched their first home victory in three tries.

Vick (ribs) has missed the last two games after being knocked out of a Week 4 matchup with the Redskins, and Kolb has filled in admirably by winning his past two starts.

The main target of the game was Jeremy Maclin, who caught seven balls for a career-best 159 yards and two touchdowns, including one that went for 83 yards. DeSean Jackson added a rushing touchdown and a receiving touchdown before being knocked out of the game with a head injury early in the second quarter on a scary hit from Atlanta’s Dunta Robinson, who also left the game.

Matt Ryan was largely ineffective in his second homecoming for Atlanta (4-2), connecting on just 23-of-42 throws for 250 yards with two touchdowns to Tony Gonzalez and an interception. The Philadelphia-area native fell to 0-2 in his career at Lincoln Financial Field.

Michael Jenkins led the receiving corps with five catches for 99 yards, while Michael Turner ran for 45 yards on 15 carries for the Falcons, who had their four-game win streak snapped.

The Eagles came out firing on all cylinders to build a big lead.

Atlanta went three-and-out on the game’s first series, and Philadelphia gained possession at its own 47. After Kolb hit Maclin on a 22-yard pass play, Jackson got an end around to the left and sprinted his way past the defense before just getting over the goal line for a 31-yard touchdown three minutes into the game.

The Falcons looked to cut into their deficit, as a 42-yard completion from Ryan to Jenkins put them in field goal range. Matt Bryant’s 41-yard attempt, however, banged off the left upright and fell to the field.

Kolb made Atlanta pay for its mistake, driving the Eagles downfield 69 yards in just six plays. Jackson finished off the possession by catching a perfect pass over the middle in the end zone from 34 yards out for a 14-0 lead with 6:50 still left in the opening quarter.

The Falcons’ offense gained just one first down combined on their next three drives — on an Eagles’ defensive penalty — and Philadelphia extended its lead to 21 points midway through the second after a 44-yard punt return by Jorrick Calvin gave the hosts good field position.

The return put the Eagles at the Falcons’ 34, and Kolb directed a seven-play drive that ended when Maclin made a diving touchdown grab just over the goal line near the right pylon from eight yards away.

Philadelphia was driving late in the first half until a tipped pass resulted in an interception. Kolb was whistled for a horse-collar tackle, which gave the Falcons the ball on the Eagles’ 31 with just under a minute left. After a pass interference call in the end zone, Ryan hit Gonzalez on a one-yard scoring pass with 14 seconds left for a 14-point game.

Bryant drilled a 26-yard field goal with seven minutes left in the third to cut Atlanta’s deficit to 10, but the Eagles had an immediate answer, as Kolb found Maclin streaking down the left sideline wide open for an 83-yard touchdown toss less than a minute later.

Ryan’s 13-yard touchdown pass to Gonzalez with 5:40 left in the game brought the Falcons to within 11, but Atlanta didn’t get the onside kick, and David Akers’ 30-yard field goal gave Philadelphia a 31-17 lead with three minutes to play.

Game Notes

Akers went 1-for-4 on field goal attempts, giving him three missed three field goals in the game for the first time in his career…The Eagles, who played without starting left tackle Jason Peters, allowed only one sack while recording three — two from Trent Cole…Philadelphia running back LeSean McCoy had 64 yards rushing on 21 carries and added four catches for 21 yards…Eagles cornerback Asante Samuel had an interception, giving him 31 since 2006, the most in the NFL during that time…The Eagles have won six of the last seven meetings between the teams.




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Eagles Vs Falcons: Michael Vick May Dress Sunday

Michael Vick actually took some reps with the scout team today, it’s the first time he’s been practiced since his injury against Washington. While he won’t be starting this weekend, there’s a chance he could dress for the game and either be the emergency 3rd QB or the backup.

Vick himself says he thinks he can dress and that he’s getting healthy quick.

Vick said: “I could dress out. We’re just going to see how it goes for the next couple of days. I’m making progress each and every day; it’s a credit to the training staff. Just feeling good and ready to go.”

Vick said he still has pain “in my shoulders, but I can tolerate it; it’s not as bad as it was (even) two days ago. Each day I make progress.”

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Eagles Vs Falcons: Andy Reid Names Kevin Kolb Starter

Adam Schefter is reporting that Andy Reid has announced that Kevin Kolb will start this Sunday against the Falcons.

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Eagles QB Michael Vick Says He Might Play This Weekend Against The Atlanta Falcons

Michael Vick did not participate in Eagles practice today, but he says that doesn’t mean he won’t be able to take the field this weekend against his former team, the Atlanta Falcons.

"I’ve got a shot," Vick said at his locker Wednesday. "I can’t tell you [how far away I am], the only thing I can tell you is, hey, I’m making progress, and don’t count me out. I’ve made progress every day. Last week I couldn’t brush my hair, but now I can brush my hair, so that’s a good thing. And [my] breathing is good."

So he can brush his hair… watch out Falcons!

Speaking of the Falcons, Vick told CSNPhilly that there’s no extra motivation for him to get back out there against his former team.

"There’s no extra motivation because it’s Atlanta," Vick said. "I felt like we got over that hurdle last year, so it’s just another football game against a tough football team."

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Eagles QB Michael Vick Says He Might Play This Weekend Against The Atlanta Falcons

Michael Vick did not participate in Eagles practice today, but he says that doesn’t mean he won’t be able to take the field this weekend against his former team, the Atlanta Falcons.

“I’ve got a shot,” Vick said at his locker Wednesday. “I can’t tell you [how far away I am], the only thing I can tell you is, hey, I’m making progress, and don’t count me out. I’ve made progress every day. Last week I couldn’t brush my hair, but now I can brush my hair, so that’s a good thing. And [my] breathing is good.”

So he can brush his hair… watch out Falcons!

Speaking of the Falcons, Vick told CSNPhilly that there’s no extra motivation for him to get back out there against his former team.

“There’s no extra motivation because it’s Atlanta,” Vick said. “I felt like we got over that hurdle last year, so it’s just another football game against a tough football team.”

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