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Westbrook "scared" by concussion

Philadelphia Eagles running back Brian Westbrook expects to return to the field on Sunday against the Cowboys, 13 days after suffering a concussion against the Redskins. But he acknowledges some trepidation.

It scared me,” Westbrook said of the concussion, per Reuben Frank of The Intelligencer. “It’s tough to go through, really.”

Westbrook sat out last Sunday’s win over the Giants, but he’s eager to get back on the field against the Cowboys. On the other hand, Westbrook feels some hesitation, and he says he wants to find out more about the long-term consequences of concussions he has suffered on the football field.

“I didn’t have a great understanding of concussions before,” Westbrook said. “When you think about it, they don’t have a lot of information on concussions when you get to be 50, 60 and 70 years old (and) how it impacts your life. Unfortunately, in this profession, a lot of guys have concussions. Some guys don’t even know they have concussions until it’s too late.

“I’m concerned about the long-term effects of it, but when you go out there and play football . . . you have to go out there and try to play with reckless abandon. Hopefully, I’ll never put myself in that same position to get a concussion in that same way. But that’s a part of the game.”

Realistically, there’s no way for Westbrook to play running back in the NFL and not put himself in the same position to get a concussion in the same way as he did when his head collided with Redskins linebacker London Fletcher’s knee. Hits like that are part of football, and although it’s refreshingly candid of Westbrook to admit to feeling scared, his mindset seems to be that of almost all NFL players: He just wants to play football, and not worry about the potential consequences to his health.

“I just want to go out there and be able to contribute and play some football again,” Westbrook said. “You try to play without that type of worry in your head.”

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24 Responses to “Westbrook "scared" by concussion”
  1. SmackMyVickUp says: Nov 5, 2009 8:45 PM

    Guys get huge salaries and try to say they deserve it because of the risks they take.
    You got your payday, take your concussion and deal with it b*otch.

  2. VoxVagina says: Nov 5, 2009 9:43 PM

    This is old news, saw it a while ago. But anyway, hopefully this first concussions doesn’t mark the beginning of a pattern. Westbrook is one of, if not the most dynamic back in the league when healthy. Unfortunatey, health has been his problem for a year and a half

  3. dennypat says: Nov 5, 2009 10:12 PM

    Brian
    My friend from afar….
    I’m an old time 49er fan who has seen Joe Montana, Jerry Rice, Roger Craig, Dwight Clark, John Taylor, and so many more grow old in this game. Forever, I will be their fans.
    For all of them, because of all the moments of joy and exhaultation they gave through their efforts, I only wish a healthy and happy life as God permits.
    Brian, my friend from afar, you have done all you need to do. Truely there is not much else you can do to achieve more without entering the relm of further injury.
    Please, from all football fans, take care of the rest of your life. What you need to do, from your humble admirer, is take no more risks that will (possibly) lead to additional problems down the road. The mediacal profession is not reliable in this area.
    Please: take care of yourself and your family from here on out. Your place in the ‘Hall’ will happen. Risk no more…please.

  4. Tr3pidation says: Nov 5, 2009 10:22 PM

    Thanks for the acknowledgment.
    You know, I accidentally acknowledged you by taking you 4th overall in my fantasy draft because I forgot it was going on. You’ve kinda let me down. :(

  5. TRAMO says: Nov 5, 2009 10:31 PM

    Westbrook is just like his QB Mcflab,they are both wusy’s.

  6. jan van flac says: Nov 5, 2009 10:44 PM

    Westbrook always seemed to have a good head on his shoulders. As an Eagles fan, I would like him to play as long as he is effective but wouldn’t mind seeing him sit out a month or so if necessary.

  7. rkell21 says: Nov 5, 2009 11:04 PM

    Westbrook has always been incredibly skilled at not taking the big hit. He gets out of bounds, he dives at defender’s ankles when he knows there’s no more yardage to be had… he finds the creases and gets into them.
    When he says that he’ll try not to put himself in that position, I believe him. He probably thinks that he fell a certain way that that allowed that hit to be worse than it is. I’ve never ran through a hole with 200 lbs. men trying to harm me, so I wouldn’t know. But I gotta think that if you asked him, he’d say that there was something different he could have done in that situation.

  8. Trolltoll says: Nov 5, 2009 11:38 PM

    Get well.

  9. MasterShake says: Nov 6, 2009 1:09 AM

    So will he be one of the many retired players to bitch about the NFL not taking care of them after they are spent? If it truly concerns you, then get the hell out!

  10. ChadO says: Nov 6, 2009 1:19 AM

    Sorry but some of the responses to this story really piss me off. “Take your concussion and deal with it”? “Westbrook is just like…wusy’s”? “You kinda let me down”?
    Come on MORONS! These guys play their asses off and provide YOU with entertainment.
    Westbrook needs to do whatever what is best for him as he deserves this after providing several years of entertainment and gambling for all of us.
    Give it a rest you complaining pricks.

  11. jan van flac says: Nov 6, 2009 7:25 AM

    @TRAMO
    The most contact-shy player in the NFL has more courage in their little finger than you do in your whole body.
    having said that, Westbrook & McNabb are 2 of the toughest guys in the NFL, playing, and playing well, with major injuries throughout their career.
    PS…it’s “wussies” not “wusys”. Please learn to read and write in English before you post.

  12. jan van flac says: Nov 6, 2009 7:39 AM

    @TRAMO
    The most contact-shy player in the NFL has more courage in their little finger than you do in your whole body.
    having said that, Westbrook & McNabb are 2 of the toughest guys in the NFL, playing, and playing well, with major injuries throughout their career.
    PS…it’s “wussies” not “wusys”. Please learn to read and write in English before you post.

  13. kenyatta says: Nov 6, 2009 8:27 AM

    well WESTBROOK you were a great player but father time is catching up to you,and your to fragile to handle the rigors of the NFL,look forward totaking a steep pay cut to stay with the birds

  14. Tom Landry says: Nov 6, 2009 9:02 AM

    Brian, concussions are very bad. But not as bad as the beating the Cowboys are going to lay on the Eagles Sunday night. That is all.

  15. regalus01 says: Nov 6, 2009 9:21 AM

    Can we please stop talking about these guys like they deserve the money they make because of the injury risks they take. Im talking about you Tom Jackson.
    There are perhaps millions of people who put their life on the line for their job everyday. Yet their salaries are no where near nfl players. Im talking about cops and firemen, although crab boats and construction Jobs Im sure have a higher fatality rate than nfl players do.
    They make their money from entertainment. Watching BW lie on the ground with his brother over him was certainly entertaining.

  16. mattitude says: Nov 6, 2009 9:35 AM

    SmackMyVickUp says:
    November 5, 2009 8:45 PM
    Guys get huge salaries and try to say they deserve it because of the risks they take.
    You got your payday, take your concussion and deal with it b*otch.
    ————————————————-
    Are you mad at NFL players because they risk their livelihood and the welfare of their bodies to provide you with entertainment, and in return they make more money than your entire family tree? If jealousy is the impetus for your ridiculously whiny post, maybe the WNBA would be more to your liking. Those players make slightly more than you do, so you won’t have to be so upset with your life when watching.

  17. CurseofBoJackson says: Nov 6, 2009 9:44 AM

    Man, it never ceases to amaze me how callous and cowardly the posters on here can be. PFT has some angry little men that spend there days on this site. What’s wrong with you people?

  18. mattitude says: Nov 6, 2009 9:47 AM

    regalus01 says:
    November 6, 2009 9:21 AM
    Can we please stop talking about these guys like they deserve the money they make because of the injury risks they take. Im talking about you Tom Jackson.
    There are perhaps millions of people who put their life on the line for their job everyday. Yet their salaries are no where near nfl players. Im talking about cops and firemen, although crab boats and construction Jobs Im sure have a higher fatality rate than nfl players do.
    They make their money from entertainment. Watching BW lie on the ground with his brother over him was certainly entertaining.
    ———————————————–
    Well, that certainly was a callous post, laughing at a man as he lay unconscious on a football field. And you do a terrible job at trying to sound noble by emphasizing that police officers and firefighters put their lives at risk, as if we all weren’t aware. NFL players make inordinate sums of money because they have a specific skill-set utilized for our entertainment purposes. Most cops and firemen don’t really have any profound, natural talent that make them stand out, because if they did they’d be playing football, right? This is coming from the son of a retired law enforcement officer. And if you really wanted to make a difference instead of sounding like a self-righteous douche, you would donate to your local FOP or firefighters’ survivor fund.

  19. Kevin from Philly says: Nov 6, 2009 10:08 AM

    Regalus, you are a disturbed individual if watching an injured player is “entertaining” to you.
    Landry, You’re dillusional, but at least you haven’t disappeared in advance, like Vox.

  20. ShootahCowboy says: Nov 6, 2009 10:11 AM

    As a Cowboys fan, I hate the Philadelphia Eagles with every bone in my body.
    With that being said, Westbrook is, and always has been, a class act. Unfortunately the injury bug will not just leave him alone. I truly hope he gets better soon and that the concussion doesn’t have any lingering effects.
    I saw a Hall of Fame mention earlier. As great of a running back as he is, he simply hasn’t been on the field enough to be considered. Had he not had all the injuries in his career, then I would say he would be a definite.
    All the best to you Brian.

  21. regalus01 says: Nov 6, 2009 11:11 AM

    Well, that certainly was a callous post, laughing at a man as he lay unconscious on a football field. And you do a terrible job at trying to sound noble by emphasizing that police officers and firefighters put their lives at risk, as if we all weren’t aware. NFL players make inordinate sums of money because they have a specific skill-set utilized for our entertainment purposes. Most cops and firemen don’t really have any profound, natural talent that make them stand out, because if they did they’d be playing football, right? This is coming from the son of a retired law enforcement officer. And if you really wanted to make a difference instead of sounding like a self-righteous douche, you would donate to your local FOP or firefighters’ survivor fund.
    ————————————————-
    Well obviously you completely missed the point of the post. I said it was “entertaining”, not that I was laughing about it. But almost a good job putting words in someones mouth. I will say that Im sorry if injuries bring attention to people. Im not saying its good entertainment, or bad entertainment. When a player gets injured they create an atmosphere where everyone wants to know why they are hurt, or what happened to the player. Thats entertaining television. Does the News talk more about Murder’s or Charity donation? What do people want to know about more? Those stories are entertainment to keep you focused on watching that channel.
    By stating “NFL players make inordinate sums of money because they have a specific skill-set utilized for our entertainment purposes” you prove my point. They make money for their entertainment, not because they risk their life playing football.
    THIS IS THE POINT
    Im saying dont try and mask salaries as some analysts do by talking about the occupational hazards of playing football. The risk they take has nothing to do with the money they make!!

  22. mattitude says: Nov 6, 2009 2:25 PM

    @regalus01
    Well, you do an incredibly poor job at communitcating your point in print. You should take a college-level writing class so that others can actually understand what you’re trying to say, or you could just choose to be misunderstood forever.

  23. Ocelot138 says: Nov 6, 2009 3:50 PM

    # ShootahCowboy says: November 6, 2009 10:11 AM
    As a Cowboys fan, I hate the Philadelphia Eagles with every bone in my body.
    With that being said, Westbrook is, and always has been, a class act. Unfortunately the injury bug will not just leave him alone. I truly hope he gets better soon and that the concussion doesn’t have any lingering effects.
    I saw a Hall of Fame mention earlier. As great of a running back as he is, he simply hasn’t been on the field enough to be considered. Had he not had all the injuries in his career, then I would say he would be a definite.
    All the best to you Brian.
    —————-
    A respectful Cowboys fan? On PFT? This is shocking and unexpected.
    I’m glad, don’t get me wrong. We’re just so used to the ubertrolls that personify why the Cowboys fanbase is the most reviled in the country… sometimes it’s easy to forget that there ARE good ‘Boys fans out there.
    Thanks for the kind words.

  24. VoxVeritas says: Nov 9, 2009 7:57 PM

    That’s ok, Asante Samuel was scared by Felix Jones.

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