by Brad Biggs
November 16, 02009
Orlando Pace was headed to take a test to determine if he suffered a concussion in Thursday night’s loss at San Francisco after he practiced this afternoon at Halas Hall.
The 13-year veteran was knocked out of the loss to the 49ers at the start of the fourth quarter when he was hit by San Francisco linebacker Parys Haralson following an interception. The flimsy reason the team used in the press box for him being out of the game was he had the wind knocked out of him. Pace scoffed at that notion as he didn’t compile a Hall of Fame-worthy resume getting taken out of games for being winded. Veteran Kevin Shaffer replaced him.
“I don’t know what the diagnosis is, it’s kind of tough to focus,” Pace told the National Football Post in the locker room following the game. “I don’t know if it was a slight concussion or what not but it was hard for me to focus. I think the guy kind of caught me with a good shot.”
The Bears had a light, 75-minute practice on Monday in preparation for their meeting Sunday with Philadelphia, and Pace said he participated.
“I don’t know,’’ he said when asked if he indeed suffered a concussion as he walked off the field today. “I felt pretty good and we didn’t have any contact either.
“I’m going to take my test right now, just the concussion test.’’
The Eagles will be without running back Brian Westbrook when the teams meet. He suffered his second concussion in four weeks in Philadelphia's loss at San Diego.
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