Doctors say they expect full recovery for Westbrook

Brian Westbrook suffered his second concussion during the Eagles' loss to the Chargers on Sunday. Doctors said today that they expect a full recovery. (Ron Cortes/Staff Photographer)

The doctors who examined Eagles running back Brian Westbrook today in Pittsburgh reported in a statement that his symptoms have improved significantly since Sunday's second concussion and they expect a full recovery. He will be re-tested in 2-3 weeks, they said.

Westbrook was examined at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center by sports concussion specialists Dr. Joseph Maroon and Dr. Michael Collins.

“We are very encouraged by Brian’s progress, we believe that he has an excellent prognosis and we expect a full recovery,” Maroon and Collins said in the joint statement. “We developed a comprehensive physical rehab plan for Brian, and we will repeat the detailed testing in the next two to three weeks.”

As part of his visit today, the doctors said Westbrook was "re-tested today with a battery of neuro-cognitive tests, including ImPACT (Immediate Post-Concussion Assessment and Cognitive Testing), a computerized tool that is used by all NFL teams for evaluating injury recovery. He also underwent comprehensive physical and neurological exam, results of which were favorable." 

The statement said Westbrook was cleared completely from his symptoms after the initial concussion against Washington before sustaining the second concussion Sunday against San Diego. The doctors described the second as a "much milder concussion which was not related to loss of consciousness but associated only with dizziness and headache." Westbrook was knocked unconscious from the initial blow against Washington.

“We commend the Eagles athletic training and medical staff for their diligent and conservative care in this particular case as well as their historical excellence in managing these types of injuries,” added Dr. Mark Lovell, director of the UPMC Sports Medicine Concussion Program.

Maroon is a UPMC neurosurgeon and longtime team neurosurgeon for the Pittsburgh Steelers. Dr. Collins is a UPMC neuropsychologist at the UPMC Sports Medicine Concussion Program.

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