Eagles A Hurting Bunch

The Eagles continue to battle a number of injuries, but are taking solace in the fact that it's not as bad as it was last season. A couple new faces found themselves on the list of walking wounded after Sunday's game in San Francisco.

Brian Westbrook spent most of last week nursing a sore left knee that kept him out of practice and had him listed as questionable on the Eagles' injury report.

But he was well enough Sunday to rush for 117 yards and score three touchdowns in the Eagles' much-needed 38-24 road win over the San Francisco 49ers.

"It's tough anytime you can't practice," Westbrook said after notching just the fourth 100-yard rushing performance of his career. "You want to be out there with your team. Especially after a loss like we had last week (a 30-24 overtime loss to the Giants) and that bad play myself (a costly fourth-quarter fumble)."

It's extremely likely that for at least the next few weeks, this will be the way things will work for Westbrook: sitting out practice during the week and waiting, hoping for the swelling in his knee to go down in time for the next game.

"I'll have to see what coach (Andy Reid) says," said Westbrook when asked if he'll probably not practice this week and rest up for next Monday night's game against Green Bay. "We're working it week to week. I felt fresh and good to go for this one. The swelling went down late in the week."

The Eagles are back to monitoring Westbrook's touches. He had 50 in the first two games, but just 12 against the Niners, though some of that had to do with the fact that the Eagles only had the ball for nine minutes in the second half.

"I want to get the swelling down in my knee," said Westbrook, who wasn't helped by a five-hour plane ride back from the west coast Sunday night. "I want it to be 100 percent. I don't want to keep doing this (not practicing)."

Elsewhere on the injury front...

  • CB Rod Hood aggravated his heel injury in Sunday's win over San Francisco. He was listed as doubtful all week, but played in the game before re-injuring the heel in the second half.
  • WR Donte Stallworth didn't play against the 49ers. Listed as probable all week with a hamstring injury, he had spasms in the hamstring before the game and was deactivated. The Birds will re-evaluate Stallworth this week and hope to have him back in the lineup Monday night against Green Bay.
  • S Sean Considine, who plays in the Eagles' dime package on passing downs, suffered a strained hip. It's not known how serious it is.
  • S Brian Dawkins left the game with a concussion in the second half when he took a shot in the head from running back Michael Robinson on a Robinson touchdown run. Dawkins figures to play next week against Green Bay.
  • Lito Sheppard continues to make progress, but is likely a couple weeks from returning to action.
  • Up next... Green Bay Packers

    Behind a mistake-free, momentous game by Brett Favre, the Packers avoided a 0-3 start for the second straight season with a 31-24 victory at winless Detroit on Sunday. The win was the first for rookie head coach Mike McCarthy.

    Green Bay never trailed after Favre hooked up with rookie Greg Jennings for a 75-yard touchdown to start the scoring in the first quarter. With the big play, Favre joined Dan Marino as the only players in league history to throw for 400 touchdowns.

    Favre added two to the total in the second half - 5 yards to Donald Driver and 10 yards to Ahman Green - and the Packers hung on in the closing minute following a Green fumble in Lions territory.

    Favre was 25-of-36 passing for 340 yards and didn't have an interception or endure a sack. Ten different players had at least one catch.

    Alas, the run game continued to sputter for Green Bay, which averaged only 2.2 yards in 27 attempts. Green, who came in with a sore hamstring, had 22 carries for just 63 yards.

    Although safety Marquand Manuel had a 29-yard interception return for a touchdown in the first quarter, the Packers secondary again was ripe for being picked on. Jon Kitna unloaded for 342 yards, including 138 to Roy Williams, and the Lions had eight "explosive" pass plays of at least 16 yards.

    PACKER NOTES

  • RB Ahman Green managed to play the entire game Sunday after he was a late addition to the injury report Friday as questionable with a sore hamstring. Green struggled running the football with only 63 yards in 22 carries and a potentially costly late fumble. However, he had a game-high eight catches for 68 yards, including a 10-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter that proved to be the difference in the outcome.
  • LG Daryn Colledge made his second straight start in place of fellow rookie Jason Spitz, who is nursing a thigh injury sustained in the season opener September 10.
  • DT Ryan Pickett hurt his right ankle in the second quarter but returned for the start of the second half.
  • WR Koren Robinson had limited action at receiver for the first time in two games with the team. His only reception was a clutch one, covering 24 yards on third-and-7 in the third quarter. Two plays later, Brett Favre threw a 5-yard touchdown to Donald Driver to give the Packers a 24-14 cushion. Robinson also handled kickoff returns and ran back three for an average of 28 yards.
  • WLB A.J. Hawk had a solid performance highlighted by his first sack as a pro. The rookie unofficially had eight tackles.
  • SLB Brady Poppinga made his third straight start, but he continued to have problems in pass coverage and was replaced for a stretch in the first half by Ben Taylor.
  • DT Corey Williams came off the bench and equaled his career high with two sacks.

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