Bengals' Brumfield is making progress

November 05, 1996|By Mike Preston | Mike Preston,SUN STAFF

Cincinnati Bengals right guard Scott Brumfield continued to improve yesterday at the Maryland Shock Trauma Center, one day after he suffered a cervical spinal cord concussion against the Ravens at Memorial Stadium.

Brumfield, a fourth-year player out of Brigham Young, was hurt when he collided with tight end Tony McGee while blocking on a running play in the third quarter.

Dr. Andrew Pollak, the Ravens' associate team physician, said Brumfield has full movement of his arms, but some residual weakness in his hands. The movement in his legs continues to improve, according to Pollak, who was uncertain if Brumfield would play football again.

"We're optimistic he is going to have continuing recovery," Pollak said of Brumfield, who could be flown home by midweek. "Every couple of hours when we get back and examine him, he is better than he was before. We feel that he stands a very good chance of recovery."

Pollak said the spinal cord concussion was to the C-5 vertebra.

"The spinal cord itself actually gets pinched in between the bones," said Pollak. "In effect, it's like the type of concussion people have to the brain."

Brumfield's mother, Carol, flew to Baltimore from her home in Spanish Fork, Utah, yesterday and heard some good news.

"I was thinking I'd be dreading being here, but when I got to his room, he smiled and said, 'Hi, Mom.' It was wonderful."

Pub Date: 11/05/96

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