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Westy game-time decision; RB signed

Brian Westbrook's status for Sunday's showdown with the Giants will probably be a game-time decision, coach Andy Reid said. Head athletic trainer Rick Burkholder told reporters Westbrook currently has a headache and won't be cleared to exercise until it goes away. Then his reaction to exercise will be monitored, and his scores on neurological testing will have to improve to baseline level.

Westy game-time decision; RB signed

Brian Westbrook left the game midway through the first quarter with a concussion after running headfirst into Redskins linebacker London Fletcher´s knee. (Steven M. Falk/Staff Photographer)
Brian Westbrook left the game midway through the first quarter with a concussion after running headfirst into Redskins linebacker London Fletcher's knee. (Steven M. Falk/Staff Photographer)

Brian Westbrook's status for Sunday's showdown with the Giants will probably be a game-time decision, coach Andy Reid said. Head athletic trainer Rick Burkholder told reporters Westbrook currently has a headache and won't be cleared to exercise until it goes away. Then his reaction to exercise will be monitored, and his scores on neurological testing will have to improve to baseline level.

Westbrook left Monday night's game with a concussion after being kneed in the head, and did not practice today.

It might be telling that the Eagles made a roster move Wednesday, signing running back P.J. Hill from the Saints' practice squad. To make space, linebacker Omar Gaither went on IR, officially ending his season following Lisfranc surgery.

Burkholder said Westbrook had brief retrograde amnesia -- he can't remember anything from the time the play was called until he woke up on the field -- but he was fully functional after waking up and still remembers all of that very clearly.

"We look at his symptoms the next couple of days ... Whether he has headaches" or other symptoms such as depression," Burkholder said. 

Burkholder said being knocked out briefly means you can't return to the game being played, but it does not preclude playing the next week.

"We're not too worried about his loss of conciousness ... It's really based on the symptoms," Burkholder said. He said under current guidelines, which are based on recovery, not the incident, it's impossible right now to classify the concussion by grade.

Burkholder serves on the NFL concussion panel, and he stressed he takes head injuries very seriously. He said team internist Dr. Gary Dorshimer is in charge of situation with Westbrook.

Wide receiver DeSean Jackson did not practice, with his foot injury. Ditto Darren Howard, with an ankle problem.

Defensive end Victor Abiamiri (knee) and wide receiver Kevin Curtis (knee) are out this week, the Eagles said.

 

Les Bowen Daily News Staff Writer
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