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Jackson update; Westbrook to be re-checked

Wide receiver DeSean Jackson will “continue to test him and go through the process,” coach Andy Reid said Monday, a day after Jackson suffered a concussion in the third quarter against Washington.

Jackson update; Westbrook to be re-checked

DeSean Jackson puts his hand over his face after suffering a concussion during the third quarter yesterday against the Washington Redskins. (Yong Kim/Staff Photographer)
DeSean Jackson puts his hand over his face after suffering a concussion during the third quarter yesterday against the Washington Redskins. (Yong Kim/Staff Photographer)

Wide receiver DeSean Jackson will “continue to test him and go through the process,” coach Andy Reid said Monday, a day after Jackson suffered a concussion in the third quarter against Washington.

Reid described Jackson as "OK. He doesn't feel bad today."

“We’ll just see how he does over the next few days,” Reid said, adding that the Eagles will do everything that the league wants them to do in terms of concussion treatment or diagnosis.

Also, running back Brian Westbrook will be re-examined this week in Pittsburgh, Reid said. He said he trainer Rick Burkholder was arranging the appointment. The concussion specialists in Pittsburgh had wanted to see Westbrook 2-3 weeks after their previous exam. The doctors said they expected him to make a “full recovery.”

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“I know a lot is being said about concussions,” Reid said. “We are as conscious as they come with concussions. We are going to do everything within our power to get [Jackson] the proper treatment and diagnosis. To compare to Brian’s, are we going to be more cautious? No. We’re always cautious. We’re going to do what we do.”

Reid said the team will not do anything to hinder Jackson’s future.

Jackson left Sunday's game in the third quarter with what the team initially called head and neck injuries. Jackson was hit by Redskins linebacker London Fletcher as Jackson was coming across the field.

“That hit was more of the shoulder,” Reid said. “It really wasn’t on the head."

Wide receiver Kevin Curtis remains out, but Reid said the Eagles are not considering placing him on injured reserve at this point, even with Jackson possibly being sidelined.

As for Westbrook, Reid said, “I’m not sure exactly what step the doctor will take with him. I don’t know that. We’ll see what phase the doctor feels he’s at and the doctor will determine what he will do. If that’s going back on the field, we’ll do that. If that’s more conditioning work in the weight room with Rick, we’ll do that.”

Westbrook had a mild headache last week after a workout.

The Eagles have a lengthy list of other injuries: Brodrick Bunkley has an ankle sprain, Brent Celek has a thumb sprain, Todd Herrmans has a shoulder sprain, Tracy White has a chest contusion, Will Witherspoon has a foot sprain, Jason Peters is recovering from his sprained ankle but played.

Of Celek, Reid said the injury is “something he can function with” and that he did not think Celek would need surgery.

Linebacker Akeem Jordan missed his second consecutive game with a hyperextended knee. Jordan "is making progress, there is a chance to possibly get back this week. We’ll see how that works out."

 

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