Westbrook Has Ankle Surgery

We have details on the ankle surgery performed on Brian Westbrook, including how long he'll likely be out, and who will replace him.

Philadelphia Eagles RB Brian Westbrook had surgery Friday to remove two bone fragments from his right ankle. Head athletic trainer Rick Burkholder detailed the surgery after Friday's OTA practice.

"Dr. (Mark) Myerson says that the surgery was a success. He basically did a couple of things. He went in and, first of all, it was not a scope as it was reported because you can't scope that portion of his ankle. But he did make an incision, cleaned out scar tissue, and then removed two bone fragments. Both of these fragments were in the back of the ankle and on the inside of the ankle – one of those fragments came from the ankle sprain that he had last year during the season, and the other one, we're not sure whether it came from the ankle sprain or if it's been there and didn't bother him. There was some inflammation in the tendon that moves his big toe and that's because that tendon was laying up against the loose bone fragment in the back, and so, Dr. Myerson took the fragment out and then cleaned some of the scar tissue and inflammation out of that tendon."

One of the fragments was a result from Westbrook's ankle injury suffered against the Pittsburgh Steelers last season. Burkholder said Westbrook would be ready to play by the start of the regular season, but whether he's ready for the start of training camp is unknown. Burkholder added Westbrook will wear a cast for about two weeks then he'll have a reevaluation by Dr. Myerson.

sources said based on the procedure done on Westbrook's ankle and being that he's a skill position player, Westbrook is unlikely to be full speed until at least the first or second week of August. The time frame is probably closer to eight weeks rather than six. Veterans report to training camp on Wednesday July 29 and Philadelphia is known for having one of the shorter camps.

Meanwhile, rookie RB LeSean McCoy suffered a sprained thumb during Friday's practice.

"He fell out there in practice – caught a ball and then fell and he has a thumb sprain. It will be treated conservatively. X-rays were negative and we anticipate that if everything goes well this weekend, he's got a chance to practice next week. But it's just a thumb sprain. I know that was a little bit of a scare when he went down," Burkholder said.

Philadelphia doesn't seem to have a sense of urgency to sign a running back at this point. Rather, they'll continue to evaluate the other top backs such as McCoy and Lorenzo Booker.

Here's a look at the best available NFL free agent running backs:

Edgerrin James
Warrick Dunn
Deuce McAllister
Ahman Green
DeShaun Foster
Selvin Young
Najeh Davenport
Rudi Johnson
Michael Pittman
Tatum Bell
Chris Perry
Reuben Droughns
Aaron Stecker
Brian Calhoun
Maurice Hicks
Jesse Chatman
Travis Minor

The backs that best fits Philadelphia's West Coast system are Dunn, James, Green, Foster, Perry, and Pittman.

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