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Reid on Westbrook: "Football is secondary"

Speculation has already started about how long Eagles running back Brian Westbrook will be out after suffering his second concussion of the season.

NFL.com’s Steve Wyche wonders if Westbrook could be out for the season, or possibly for good.

It’s too early to know Westbrook’s long-term prognosis, but Eagles coach Andy Reid recognizes how serious the situation is.

“We’re going to do everything the right way, and take every
precautionary measure to make sure Brian’s okay,” Reid said.  “In these types of
situations, football is secondary. You have to look out for this kid
for his future and make sure he is okay before he gets back out there.”

Reid said the Eagles did everything by the book before letting Westbrook return to action against the Chargers.

“We’ll make sure we evaluate it, and take every step
that we can to make sure that he’s okay.  We did that the last time. We’re
going to keep doing it . . . I feel bad for Brian, something our docs are
going to look at it and be on top of as soon as we get back,” Reid said.

If the Eagles want to consider signing veteran depth behind LeSean McCoy, they could look at free agents Edgerrin James, Warrick Dunn, and Larry Johnson.

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25 Responses to “Reid on Westbrook: "Football is secondary"”
  1. Jeff says: Nov 15, 2009 10:50 PM

    Wouldn’t surprise me if Reid put Westie on IR this week.
    That leaves two rookie RB(Mccoy&Buckley) and Weaver. You would think Reid would go get another back, but since they never run the ball, would it really make a difference.
    Reid needs to go!

  2. leatherneck says: Nov 15, 2009 10:54 PM

    Regardless of who was responsible for the mistake of allowing Westbrook to play in this game, the main thing now is to proceed with an abundance of caution from here on out.

  3. Akshun says: Nov 15, 2009 11:01 PM

    He needs to go on IR.. TWO concussions within a couple weeks is too many.. Hope he recovers 100% even if he never plays again! I think LJ or Warrick Dunn could sign a one yr deal here

  4. Fike Mlorio says: Nov 15, 2009 11:28 PM

    as angry i am with reid, i give him props, every coach should take as much caution as possible with concussions, bill belichick will give his players Alzheimers to win a game

  5. bullmatic4 says: Nov 15, 2009 11:29 PM

    Screw signing a rb, can we get Matt Jones so we can throw a fade? Lord knows DJax and Maclin can’t make it happen in the redzone so sign somebody who can.

  6. JohnnyH says: Nov 15, 2009 11:31 PM

    I hope B-West is OK. Brian you don’t have anything left to prove. Get better.

  7. mustbechris says: Nov 16, 2009 12:02 AM

    BUCKLEY IS NOT A ROOKIE
    they don’t run the ball anyway, so does it matter? leonard weaver runs more than buckley does, he basically counts as a RB for us in a lot of situations.
    westbrook was cleared to play, he missed 2 weeks, concussions are just almost impossible to gauge. no way you can blame someone for that.

  8. scrapdawg12 says: Nov 16, 2009 12:14 AM

    IR then Retire. You have proved enough to everyone that you were a great Philadelphia Eagle

  9. SmackMyVickUp says: Nov 16, 2009 12:17 AM

    Didn’t see the exact play.
    Did Merriman perform his “Lights Out” dance when Westbrook got the concussion?
    Thats right, I said it. Chew on that Eagurls fans.

  10. BadgerVMD says: Nov 16, 2009 1:03 AM

    “Regardless of who was responsible for the mistake of allowing Westbrook to play in this game, the main thing now is to proceed with an abundance of caution from here on out.”
    There was no “mistake” in letting Westbrook play this week. He was held out of two games after his first concussion and was cleared to play. Its not like Reid was pushing him to play before he was ready. If that was the case he would have played during the Giants and Cowboys game. This is football and head injuries can happen. Getting a bad concussion lowers your threshold to having more but its not like him being held out just one more game would have had an impact. The only why this “mistake” could have been avoided was if the NFL forced him to retire after the Skins game which wasn’t an option. This was a very unfortunate ACCIDENT not a mistake and no one can be blamed.
    Sadly we may have seen Westbrook’s final game in the NFL. I read articles about how the concussion a few weeks ago really scared him. I can’t imagine he is really anxious to get back out there after this one.

  11. Gautam says: Nov 16, 2009 1:23 AM

    I hope Westbrook’s family keeps him under house arrest for the rest of the season … the guy will be putting his future health at stake if he decides to come back to the field soon

  12. FumbleNuts says: Nov 16, 2009 1:43 AM

    Bell ringers, seeing stars, scrambled eggs whatever you want to call it is very serious.
    Westbrook should hang up the cleats before he ends up talking to plants and empty chairs.

  13. Akshun says: Nov 16, 2009 4:06 AM

    SmackMy.. dude your a clown.. people dont care about childish insults they just care about W’s and L’s.. grow up little man

  14. penguininbondage says: Nov 16, 2009 6:17 AM

    Just as classless as your namesake Vox.
    Westy needs to call it a year and maybe a career. He’s only with the Eagles another year anyway, has had his payday and can still walk.

  15. Krow says: Nov 16, 2009 8:11 AM

    He’ll be playing again this season. No NFL team really gives a damn about the players. They grind them up and spit them out…

  16. leatherneck says: Nov 16, 2009 9:17 AM

    “There was no “mistake” in letting Westbrook play this week. ”
    Concussions vary in how long people recover from them. In many cases recovering from them can take months.
    If you are still recovering from a concussion, your chances of getting another concussion are very high.
    Westbrook suffered a severe concussion. It caused him to lose consciousness for apparently several minutes.
    He should now go on IR. As for next season, we’ll see how it shakes out.
    Some players do not come back after severe concussions because they are unable to work out and they no longer have the same energy level.
    We’ll see. At this point, he needs to be put on IR.
    I’m a Vikings fan, but I’ve always liked the Eagles, too. I like to see the Eagles do well. Brian Westbrook is a great player. At this point, his long-term health has to be a very big concern for everybody with the Eagles.
    Regardless of whether it was the doctor who screwed up or Andy Reid or somebody else, Westbrook should not suit up again this season. The risks now are too great.
    If Westbrook plays again this season, he will get another concussion. The difference, though, is that he could die, or suffer severe permanent debilitatating brain injury.
    This is a severe concussion that he is recovering from. Actually, now two of them. He needs to stay away from the game for a while.

  17. Quagmire says: Nov 16, 2009 9:23 AM

    “If the Eagles want to consider signing veteran depth behind LeSean McCoy, they could look at free agents Edgerrin James, Warrick Dunn, and Larry Johnson”.
    They ran the ball 13 times…it should read:
    If the Eagles want to consider signing veteran depth behind Reid, they could look at free agents Mike Shanahan, Bill Cower, and Jon Gruden.

  18. Bwa Ha Ha says: Nov 16, 2009 9:32 AM

    He needs to go on the IR list, that way the temptation to play him if he seems OK will be gone. They also need to bring in someone that has a fresh perspective on what the Eagles can do in the red zone. Sometimes the best of coaches can be blind to things that they can’t imagine. Bring in someone that can see those things. He doesn’t have to be a permanent addition to staff, he shouldn’t be either. Just a consultant
    I think that would help

  19. Nobe says: Nov 16, 2009 9:52 AM

    Andy Reid is strategically bankrupt.

  20. jkorn1818 says: Nov 16, 2009 9:52 AM

    Now he says health is more impt than playing, wasnt it more impt 2 weeks ago as well? he handles his players like he does his children.

  21. nasheagles says: Nov 16, 2009 10:21 AM

    Reid is handling this the right way…he left it to the medical staff… Its sad for BWest.. he has been a warrior for a long time.. they finally get him alot of talent to reduce his load and he catches a knee to the back of his head…he still has to gameplan to win.. with all the injuries.. the eagles would still be in the playoffs if they started today; and they will be their in the end winning the East….

  22. VoxVeritas says: Nov 16, 2009 10:43 AM

    “Just as classless as your namesake Vox.”
    Love it when Eagirls fans call anybody else out for displaying a lack of class. Hey “penguininbondage”, remember when you said that you guess McNair’s mom’s prayers for him were not enough? What about the time you said that you hope the Cowboys video boards crushes someone? Let me know when I or anybody else wish death on anyone, even if it’s just a worthless lowbrow hypocrite Eagirls fan like yourself.

  23. LCCJ says: Nov 16, 2009 11:41 AM

    As a Cowboys fan I can respect Westbrook for what he does, but I think it’s time to seek other avenues just in case your Football Career is no more

  24. PhonyRomo says: Nov 16, 2009 12:50 PM

    I hope Westbrook hasn’t seen his last game. This is a guy who has provided NFL fans with so much excitement throughout his career, and this is not the way he should have to go out.

  25. PhonyRomo says: Nov 16, 2009 12:50 PM

    I hope Westbrook hasn’t seen his last game. This is a guy who has provided NFL fans with so much excitement throughout his career, and this is not the way he should have to go out.

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