Biggs: Too early to tell if Westbrook will return this year
It’s too early to tell if Philadelphia Eagles running back Brian Westbrook will play again this season after suffering his second concussion in four weeks on Sunday at San Diego.
“I don’t know,’’ Eagles coach Andy Reid said this afternoon. “It’s the last thing on my mind. First thing is that he’s okay and that we take care of him. Football right now for Brian Westbrook is not the important thing. It’s making sure that we get him analyzed, tested and taken care of and then we’ll go from there. Not that we didn’t do that before.
“We took every precautionary measure that we could before and it happened again. Obviously, we’re going to check with experts and make sure that we listen to them like we did before. The No. 1 thing is Brian’s health. You can put football aside and make sure that he’s taken care of here.”
Westbrook was knocked unconscious on Oct. 26 at Washington when his head went into the knee of Redskins linebacker London Fletcher as he went to the ground. He sat out two games, although Reid acknowledged the team also played him last week vs. Dallas, and then returned against the Chargers. He took a blow on a screen play and was injured again on Sunday.
“He was foggy. He stood up and walked off the field, but you could sense that there was something wrong there,’’ Reid said.
The inevitable question now is whether or not Reid regrets having played Westbrook and not rested him further.
“We left it up to the doctors,’’ he said. “There’s a chance he could have played the week before and we held him out of that one according to tests and symptoms. He was symptom-free and tests came back normal and so on so I did what the experts said. They felt comfortable with it and we went with it.
“We’re aware of that and it’s a sensitive issue. I understand that and it should be. You have to look at it and you have to take every precautionary measure you possibly can on it that’s out there now and look at the data, the information and listen to the doctors. That’s what we’re doing.”
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