Eagles' Westbrook Might Sit for Remainder of Preseason
BETHLEHEM, Pa.--Philadelphia Eagles tailback Brian Westbrook might miss the remainder of the exhibition season because of a sprained foot, Coach Andy Reid said today.
Westbrook played in the Hall of Fame game to open the preseason but missed the second of the Eagles' five exhibition games. He definitely will not play Thursday night at Baltimore, Reid said today, leaving open the possibility that the tailback won't return to the lineup until the regular season.
"He'll come out and practice," Reid said. "If he didn't play in another preseason game, that's the way it goes. We don't want to risk any further injury."
Reid never has been one to take big injury risks with his players, and his comments came on the day after the Washington Redskins lost tailback Clinton Portis to a partially dislocated shoulder suffered on the opening drive of an exhibition loss at Cincinnati. Westbrook's foot injury includes some strained ligaments, according to Reid.
Quarterback Donovan McNabb said it wouldn't particularly concern him if Westbrook sits out the remainder of the preseason.
"We know that Brian will be back," McNabb said at the Eagles' training camp here at Lehigh University. "He doesn't have to kick any rust off. He knows what we're doing and he can step right in full speed. We know he'll be there when the season starts."
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