When Brian Westbrook went down in the third quarter of Sunday’s game against the Detroit Lions, a great performance by the Eagles quickly turned into fear of a possible injury to its star player.
What was feared to be a rib injury actually turned out to be a strained abdominal muscle for Westbrook. He was injured halfway through the third quarter when he carried the ball up the middle but was hit low, causing the strain in his abdominal muscle.
"It was from a move that he made," head coach Andy Reid said during his Monday press conference. "It was kind of a freak thing. It just popped on him."
Westbrook had X-rays taken during the game, but they were negative. Today, he underwent additional scans to see the severity of the injury, but Reid stated that it was just a strain.
Prior to Westbrook’s exit against the Lions, he totaled 221 total yards of offense. It's unknown if Westbrook will be able to practice this week for the Eagles, but last week when he had a knee strain he only practiced on Friday before the game and was still a major factor.
Reid said that if Westbrook can practice, he’ll practice. If he can’t, then they will hold him out. At this point it is a day-to-day situation, and they will see where he’s at as the game against the Giants this Sunday night approaches.
The Eagles are hopeful that Lito Sheppard will be available this Sunday against the Giants, but he’s still questionable. Sheppard tested out his injured knee last Friday and wasn’t ruled out for the Detroit game 90 minutes until kickoff… L.J. Smith is still healing from groin surgery. He had scar tissue removed that surrounded his injured groin to help take pressure off the area. He’ll be evaluated week-to-week… Brian Dawkins is still recovering from a neck stinger and his status for Sunday is unknown at this time… Rookie linebacker Stewart Bradley underwent surgery today on his hand. Bradley broke the fourth metacarpal in his hand against the Lions. Reid said that Bradley might be able to play against the Giants on Sunday.
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