Brian Westbrook sat out Wednesday’s practice, but he’ll certainly play against the Arizona Cardinals in Sunday’s NFC Championship Game. Expect him to take the rest of the week off from actual practice and focus more on getting his aching muscles and sore knees ready for gametime come Sunday. According to #36 himself:
I will start.
Birds running back Brian Westbrook did not practice Wednesday and might be limited for the rest of the week. Westbrook is nursing a badly sprained right ankle and swollen left knee, said Wednesday that he probably won’t practice much this week. Instead he will prepare for the Eagles’ divisional-round playoff game against NFC East rival, the New York Giants with an intensive regimen of weightlifting, stretching and running in a pool.
Westbrook said he will start against the Giants on Sunday, but only after taking a round of anti-inflammatory medication on Saturday night and Sunday morning to get the pain and swelling to a tolerable level. Look for B West to torch the G-Men as he usually does.
Eagle’s superstar running back Brian Westbrook is optimistic that he will be in the starting lineup for this upcoming weekends game against the resurgent Atlanta Falcons.
B West broke two ribs on the eighth play of the Eagles’ 23-17 loss to the Washington Redskins in Week 5. He missed week 4 against the Bears due to an ankle injury and was kept on the sideline during Week 6 due to the rib injury. Thankfully the Birds had their bye last week (week 7) and Brian was able to rest up and get set to destroy the mediocre Atlanta D.
The Eagles need a win in a big way this upcoming weekend with Dallas on the brink of turmoil and the Giants running away with the division.
Finally our defense stepped up late in a game and helped the Eags score 23 4th quarter points to take a weird and wild victory from the 49ers in sunny San Francisco yesterday. Donovan’s players only meeting didn’t seem to stir up much sense of urgency from the get go for the Birds on Sunday and it looked as if Eagle fans were in for another sickening feeling in their stomachs as San Fran scored 10 unanswered right before the half yesterday including a returned blocked field goal.
Being that this game was a must win we somehow someway found a way to pull it out and get the W. A huge victory for the birds as two NFC East teams lost on Sunday (Dallas and Washington) with New York still yet to take the field until tonight. For a minute there (well a few) I was really beginning to doubt our chances of making the playoffs this year the way we looked against a BAD San Francisco team. I’ll give them some credit… well no I won’t, they’re terrible.
Onto the only positives from this game: Donovan threw for 280 yards and two scores minus his best RB (B West) and his top two WRs (Kevin Curtis and Reggie Brown). Oh and David Akers MADE A FIELD GOAL.
Player of the Game: Juqua Parker – 5 tackles, 1 sack, 1 INT for TD
Fast Facts: McNabb past Ron Jaworski on the Eagles’ career list for yards passing and pass attempts.
Big Red released the bad news Friday that three starting offensive players are out for Sunday’s game against the San Francisco 49ers: RB Brian Westbrook (ribs), G Shawn Andrews (back) and WR Reggie Brown (groin).
The availability of wide receiver Kevin Curtis (sports hernia) and defensive end Juqua Parker (knee) are still unkown as they were listed as questionable. Curtis has a decent chance of playing as he had a full practice on Friday. Juqua sat out Friday’s practice and is very questionable. Tight end L.J. Smith will be available as a starter despite a sore back.
B West sat out of practice for a second straight day Thursday because of a rib injury sustained early in the game against Washington on Sunday. Westbrook broke two ribs but was able to return after an injection of painkillers.
GOOD. Take all the time you need buddy. We need you 110% going into Week 8 against Atlanta. With a bye in Week 7, two weeks of rest is a must in my mind. We play San Fran this week and I think we should be able to move the ball against a mediocre defense at best. Mike Martz’s offense however will definitely be a test for our D as he and JT O’Sullivan have been slanging the ball pretty nicely on the left coast.
Eagles’ coach Andy Reid revealed Monday that superstar running back Brian Westbrook fractured two ribs in the opening quarter of the Eagles loss to the Redskins on Sunday as reported earlier by my cohort, the 215 Sportsguy. His status for Sunday’s game in San Francisco is uncertain at the moment but dont worry, we expect his little bro Byron Westbrook to release his diagnosis on Wednesday.
If it were my call; Do NOT play him. We all realize that the Birds have already dug themselves into a hole, but unless they feel they are already in panic mode there is no reason to trot him out there. And like the Bears match up (which is actually making me rethink this whole train of thought, shit put him out there, we’re already tanking) if the Eagles cannot beat the 49ers WITHOUT Brian why was there all of this Super Bowl or bust talk coming out of Lehigh?
Well it appears Brian Westbrook’s return to the Eagles’ lineup may be very short-lived.
Big Red said in his press conference Monday that Westbrook, who was back in the lineup after sitting out last week against Chicago with an ankle injury, broke two ribs on the eighth play of the Eagles’ 23-17 loss to the Washington Redskins on Sunday.
Westbrook went to the sidenline holding his chest after the play, but after a few stretches and some trainer assistance was back out on the field for the next series. He managed to finish the game with 12 carries for 33 yards and six catches for 51 yards.
When Andy Reid was asked about Westbrook’s availability for next week against the 49ers, he was his usual “I’m not disclosing anything” – self:
We’ll see how it works out for him.
News out of Washington has surfaced in regards to how little brother Byron Westbrook feels about his brothers injury. According to talks with his brother, Brian will be out a lot longer then your Philadelphia Eagles are leading on.
In an article from yesterday’s Washington Post, Byron stated, “I don’t think he’ll play. The ankle injury is more serious than what the Eagles put out. You know how Andy Reid is about injuries and giving out information. Just watching him on the sidelines after he turned his ankle [against Pittsburgh two weeks ago], it didn’t look good.”
Thanks Byron, what have you just told us that the majority of us are not already thinking? I have to think, we, as true-blooded Eagles fans, are fully aware of that happening considering he hasn’t practiced all week?
Just stick to pretending to be big bro in practice (Byron simulates BWest36 on the Skins practice squad leading up to games against Philadelphia) and don’t set up these headlines acting like your dishing out some inside scoop to get us even more worried about the most important Westbrook … Brian.
Big Red said this morning that quarterback Donovan McNabb (chest contusion), running back Brian Westbrook (ankle), tight end L.J. Smith (back), fullback Tony Hunt (concussion) and guard Shawn Andrews (back) would all miss practice this afternoon.
McNabb said was still sore but expected to play Sunday against the Chicago Bears. B West is also holding out hope that he’ll be recovered enough from the injury to his right ankle to play.
I’m optimistic about getting out there and being able to play. I’ve been rehabbing pretty agressively, doing everything I can to be out there on the field Sunday night.