Eagles RB Brian Westbrook battled concussions during a disappointing 2009 season, appearing in just eight games and posting his worst statistics since his rookie year in 2002.
But Westbrook admitted Monday on former teammate Blaine Bishop‘s radio show in Nashville, Tenn., (via Sports Radio Interviews) that he rushed back from his first concussion, which he suffered against the Redskins in Week 7.
Westbrook tried to return against the Chargers in Week 10, but he had just six rushing attempts and two receptions. He didn’t play again until Week 16.
“I waited three weeks to get back out there, and … you have a normal hit that kind of just glances off of you, or you don’t really feel it all that much … and the concussion came right back,” Westbrook said on WGFX.
“What happened to me was that I was not completely healed from the first concussion. Even though I waited that long amount of time and passed all the tests, I still wasn’t completely healed from the first concussion, and it came back just like that. After that, I had to sit out another five or six weeks just for me to be completely sure that I was 100 percent OK. These concussions are very serious, man. I don’t think a lot of people are taking them as serious as they should be because really it is a life-or-death thing.”
Westbrook also talked about Eagles QB Donovan McNabb, who is the source of many trade rumors. However, Westbrook believes that McNabb will return to Philadelphia for the 2010 season.