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Doctors: Brian Westbrook "to make full recovery"

This week Brian Westbrook traveled to Pittsburgh to see two specialists who evaluated his latest concussion. One of the specialists was the very neurosurgeon who developed the NFL's protocols for head injuries. The news Wesbrook received was very encouraging. Doctors released this statement.

"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,"

"We are very encouraged by Brian's progress, we believe that he has an excellent prognosis and we expect a full recovery. We developed a comprehensive physical rehab plan for Brian, and we will repeat the detailed testing in the next two to three weeks."

The statement also said that Westbrook's latest concussion was much more mild than the first one he experienced against Washington. He was knocked unconscious and suffered some memory loss on that play, however the symptoms of most his recent concussion were just a "headache and some dizzyness."

Obviously Westbrook won't play for the next "two or three weeks" but after that time he'll have tests and I suppose if he passes them he could be cleared to play again.

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