by Brad Biggs
December 17, 02009
Not so fast on the return of Brian Westbrook.
It was reported earlier in the week that the Philadelphia Eagles running back could return Sunday to face San Francisco after missing seven of the last eight games following symptoms from two concussions.
Coach Andy Reid said on Wednesday that Westbrook’s neurological testing hasn’t reached the levels it needs to be at for him to resume playing, and that right there will put the brakes on the whole operation.
"He's better, but not all the way completely cleared there," Reid said. "We're still doing (testing) as his exercise increases. They'll keep testing him until they're comfortable with where he's at.
"I think actually he's feeling pretty good. It's just, they give him these tests, and if it's off an inch, they're very cautious with that, and understandably so."
Westbrook was knocked out when he suffered a concussion on Oct. 26 at Washington. His head hit the knee of linebacker London Fletcher as he went to the turf. He returned on Nov. 15 at San Diego and suffered a second, all be it more mild concussion. He’s been closely monitored since, and now it sounds like it might be a stretch for him to be ready to face the 49ers.
The Eagles have experimented with a different type of helmet for Westbrook, and the team maintains it is making every decision with his health and safety in mind.
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