Even though the Eagles' depth at running back is a major concern, coach Andy Reid has no intentions of babying Brian Westbrook.
The 5-foot-8 1/2, 200-pound third-year running back had a career-high 32 touches in the Eagles' 19-9 win over the Chicago Bears. He rushed for 115 yards on 23 carries and caught nine passes for 63 yards.
Those 32 touches were considerably more than he got in the Eagles' first three games, when his touch total never exceeded 20.
"I think every game is going to be a little different," Reid said. "But I thought that he was capable of doing that (Sunday). He felt good. I don't think there is a specific number that I'm worried about."
That's not exactly what Reid said after the game on Sunday, when he suggested, "I'd like to cut that (Westbrook's touch total) back, to be honest with you."
The problem with limiting Westbrook's touches is that he's a key component -- maybe THE key component -- of the Eagles' offense. His 553 combined rushing and receiving yards are the second most in the NFL, behind only the Giants' Tiki Barber (619). He's averaging 6.2 yards per touch.
With Correll Buckhalter lost for the season with a knee injury, the two backups behind Westbrook are 34-year-old Dorsey Levens and inexperienced second-year man Reno Mahe, who has just three regular-season NFL carries.
"I don't mind it," said Westbrook. "I always said I want to touch it as much as it takes for us to win."
Reid Won't Baby Westbrook
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