Eagles coach Andy Reid said during his 610 WIP radio show tonight that he's "counting on" running back Brian Westbrook to be on the field for Sunday's showdown with the New York Giants, but given the medical guidelines for a concussion, that scenario seems unlikely.
Reid confirmed that Westbrook was unconscious after taking a knee to the helmet from Washington linebacker London Fletcher midway through the first quarter of last night's game at FedEx Field. He also said that Westbrook did not remember what had happened.
Those two signs, according to former Eagles and Flyers team physician Art Bartolozzi, indicate that Westbrook suffered a severe concussion. According to the American Academy of Neurology's grading system, Westbrook suffered a Grade 3 concussion, the most severe type.
Reid said Westbrook was put through a battery of neurological tests with trainer Rick Burkholder that were sent to Pittsburgh. Bartolozzi said the University of Pittsburgh has a computer-generated test that helps measure how severely someone has been impaired.