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19 November 2009

And my anger about Brian Westbrook only grows...

Here's what I haven't seen from the Eagles or anybody else amid the whole march-Brian-Westbrook-toward-brain-death charade: A single person accept responsibility for letting him play just weeks after suffering a head-shaking concussion, or even for -- if it's the case -- letting him talk his way back onto the field.
In fact, the positivity coming from Pittsburgh yesterday ...
The University of Pittsburgh Medical Center released a statement last night, after Westbrook was examined by Dr. Joseph Maroon and Dr. Michael (Micky) Collins, a neurosurgeon and a neuropsychologist who work closely with Dr. Mark Lovell, director of the center's concussion program and developer of the treatment protocols the NFL uses.
"The UPMC doctors report that Mr. Westbrook's symptoms have improved significantly over the last three days. He was retested 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.
"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 were quoted as saying. "We developed a comprehensive physical rehab plan for Brian, and we will repeat the detailed testing in the next two to three weeks."

... makes me wonder whether Carson Palmer was right: We are going to see someone die on a National Football League field, and sooner rather than later.
If Westbrook is back on that field this year, I'm done with the Eagles. Mark it down.


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