Brian Westbrook will make a full recovery from his latest concussion, according to a pair of concussion specialists from the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center.
The Eagles running back was examined at UPMC today, three days after he suffered his second concussion in 20 days, and came away with favorable results, according to neurosurgeon Joseph Maroon and neuropsychologist Michael Collins.
Maroon is a long-time team neurosurgeon for the Pittsburgh Steelers.
They issued a statement this evening in which they described Westbrook's second concussion as much milder than the one he endured at Washington on Oct. 26 when he was knocked unconscious. The primary symptoms were "dizzyness and a headache."
The doctors reported that the symptoms "improved significantly over the last three days," and that Westbrook was "re-tested today with a battery of neuro-cognitive tests," and "underwent comprehensive physical and neurological exam, results of which were favorable."
“We are very encouraged by Brian’s progress, we believe that he has an excellent prognosis and we expect a full recovery,” reported Drs. Maroon and Collins in the statement. “We developed a comprehensive physical rehab plan for Brian, and we will repeat the detailed testing in the next two to three weeks.”
“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. Lovell.