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.
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.
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.
During the press conference, Big Red stated that there was no ligament or tendon damage. Reid stated that Westbrook’s status is day-to-day. The injury is being listed as a sprain and Westbrook hasn’t been ruled out for this Sunday night’s game against the Chicago Bears.