What Would Buddy Do?
Westbrooks limps, as noted in medically detailed presser
Posted on September 22nd, 2008 at 11:42 pm by Cheesesteak Hoagie

So the good news is that nothing serious appears to be wrong with Brian Westbrook’s ankle.  Andy Reid confirmed that he was off crutches and “limping” at HQ on Monday. 

Check.  That’s the top end of my expectation curve — cool. 

We didn’t get too much new data out of Andy Reid today; given the lengthy list of the infirm (among them the better part of the erstwhile starting offensive lineup: Shawn Andrews, L.J. Smith, Tony Hunt, Kevin Curtis, Reggie Brown, etc.), semi-precise medical details consumed quite a bit of time in his press conference. 

Said medical briefing was definitely one of those sports media moments that reminded me of how attentively the American press covers player injuries.  For example, the UK soccer press doesn’t offer nearly as many details as we’re accustomed to in the US.  They barely know the difference between ACL and MCL injuries, and nary a one of them can quote you the average recovery time for each (whereas who among us doesn’t know an ACL injury = a year at this point?).   

But we get details about concussions, spasms, MRIs, and what appears to be Andy’s new favorite, contusions.  Donovan McNabb has one of those.  In case you find this description a bit imprecise, rest assured it’s not unintentional:

A bruise, also called a contusion or ecchymosis, is an injury to biological tissue in which the capillaries are damaged, allowing blood to seep into the surrounding tissue. It is usually caused by blunt impact. Bruises often induce pain but are not normally dangerous. Sometimes bruises can be serious, leading to other more life threatening forms of hematoma, or can be associated with serious injuries, including fractures and internal bleeding. The likelihood of bruising, and severity of it, increases as one ages, because elderly human skin becomes thinner and less elastic. Minor bruises may be easily recognized, in people with light skin color, by their characteristic blue or purple appearance (idiomatically described as “black and blue”) in the days following the injury.

Contusion definitely sounds more serious than a bruise, but Andy Reid could totally knock it up a notch by dropping “ecchymosis” on everyone on Wednesday, with no further explanation.  As in, “McNabb has ecchymosis.”  And then if the assembled media cross-examined him, he could act indignant and just keep repeating, “I said ecchymosis.  He’s got ecchymosis.  How many times do I have to keep saying the same thing?”

Anyhoo, the Steelers game still feels pretty cool, and it’s good to hear that Westbrook isn’t seriously damaged.    

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