Biggs: Westbrook has excellent chance for full recovery
Doctors treating Philadelphia Eagles running back Brian Westbrook reported that he has an excellent chance to make a full recovery after experiencing his second concussion in 20 days.
Westbrook spent the at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center and was evaluated by concussion specialists Dr. Joseph Maroon and Dr. Michael Collins. Westbrook took a battery of neuro-cognitive tests and also underwent a physical and neurological exam. They said that the concussion he suffered Sunday at San Diego was much milder than the one he experienced Oct. 26 at Washington when he lost consciousness, and his only symptoms this time were dizziness and a headache.
“We are very encouraged by Brian’s progress, we believe that he has an excellent prognosis and we expect a full recovery,” the doctors said in a statement. “We developed a comprehensive physical rehab plan for Brian, and we will repeat the detailed testing in the next two to three weeks.”
The report went on to commend the Eagles training staff for “conservative” care of Westbrook, leading one to believe that he wasn’t returned to the field too soon against the Chargers.
Still, there is no timetable for a return and no guarantee Westbrook will return to play the game. There has to be risk involved that he further injures himself.
Teammate Donovan McNabb said there is no clear path at this point for Westbrook.
“First, you have to go through all the channels, communicate with specialists, you have to go and get a third opinion, really see how your body feels,’’ McNabb said. “The only person who really knows your body is yourself and you have to be very critical of the things you ask yourself and the answers that you get. He’s had two concussions. I know Trent Edwards had three, I know Michael Lewis, a friend of mine had I believe three this year. It hasn’t been a reoccurring thing for Brian, so it makes his decision a lot tougher than some of the guys who had a lot more concussions.
“Playing the running back position, you put yourself susceptible for a lot of things that happen. Communicating with those specialists, that’s the reason they call themselves specialists, because they know what they’re talking about and you have to come out with the right decision but try not to force yourself back out on the field too soon if that’s the decision that you make.’’
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