|12-22-2009, 12:32 AM||#1|
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Westbrook playing Sunday???
Eagles ready to welcome back RB Brian Westbrook
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(AP)—As the Eagles welcome one of the greatest players in team history to their stadium, they may get another back in their lineup.
The Broncos play the Eagles on Sunday at Lincoln Financial Field, marking the return of seven-time Pro Bowl safety Brian Dawkins(notes), who spent 13 seasons with the Eagles before signing with Denver.
Philadelphia’s dynamic offense may see the return of another Eagles icon: Running back Brian Westbrook(notes).
“We’ll know more here by tomorrow,” Eagles coach Andy Reid said at his Monday news conference about the possibility of Westbrook playing. “Right now it looks pretty good.”
Westbrook has been out since suffering his second concussion in three weeks, Nov. 15 against the San Diego Chargers.
He suffered his first concussion in a Monday night game against Washington on Oct. 26, sat out two weeks, came back against San Diego and suffered his second. He’s missed the past five games.
Westbrook returned to practice last week but was inactive for Sunday’s win over San Francisco.
Now, he may be ready to play.
“I think he’ll be pretty fresh,” Reid said. “He’ll have fresh legs out there. Obviously he’s not going to play the whole game. (We will) make sure we keep track of how many plays he plays if it comes down to that.”
Without Westbrook, the Eagles running game has relied on rookie LeSean McCoy(notes) and more recently fullback Leonard Weaver(notes). Going into Monday night’s game the team ranked 19th in the league in rushing.
“My feeling when you have great players is that helps you a little bit more. We’re not going to get worse with Brian Westbrook coming back. He adds to that flexibility,” Reid said.
Now that the Eagles have clinched a playoff berth, it will be nice for Reid to see his franchise back in action before the postseason starts.
“Just watching the last couple of weeks here out at practice, the next step is, if all goes well here in the next couple of days, is to get him back in the game and see what he can do there,” Reid said. “(We’ll) just give him limited reps to start off and see how he feels and evaluate it as we go here. I think it’s good for everybody. I think that’s a positive. It’s good for him; it’s good for the team. That’s a good football player.”
So is Dawkins, who left Philadelphia after 13 years to sign as a free agent with the Broncos.
“Most of all, you miss him as a person,” Reid said. “He’s a great guy. He was a big part of us getting to where we have gotten as an organization. To say I don’t miss him on a daily basis, I used to enjoy seeing him and being around him. He brought a lot of energy. I have nothing but good things to say about him or (Denver RB Correll Buckhalter(notes)). Those were two of my favorite guys and they’re doing a heck of a job for Denver now.
“I think it will be neat for him to come back here. I think the crowd will be great for him and all of that. I think when it comes down to playing, it’s playing. I always say that when you are a kid and you get into a fight with your brother, for about a second there it’s about the most vicious fight you’ve ever been in and then you love each other up afterwards. That’s what this will be. This will be a dogfight out there and then there will be respect afterwards.”
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