LANDOVER, MD - OCTOBER 26: Brian Westbrook #36 of the Philadelphia Eagles is escorted off the field after getting hit during the first quarter of the game against the Washington Redskins at FedEx Field October 26, 2009 in Landover, Maryland. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)
After being held out of the Eagles' 40-17 dismantling of the Giants, whether running back Brian Westbrook will return from a concussion against Dallas next Sunday remains unclear. Westbrook suffered the injury during the team's victory over Washington on Monday Night Football two weeks ago.
"We're going to make sure he's OK to perform. We're not going to do anything to put him in jeopardy there," said head coach Andy Reid, in the Philadelphia Daily News. "He felt good during the exercise he did this past weekend here. One of the days he woke up with a slight headache - Saturday morning. It wasn't anything that was to worry too much about. He's feeling pretty good, and we'll just see how he does here, the closer we get to [tomorrow, when practice resumes]."
Numerous reports have indicated that Westbrook will practice on Tuesday, but will not see any contact.
Obviously, this would be a palpable blow to Philadelphia. In 14 games against Dallas, Westbrook has posted 734 rushing yards--the most against any team not named the Giants--and seven touchdowns. Philadelphia is 9-5 against Dallas when the two-time Pro Bowler plays.
In the case of Westbrook's absence, rookie LeSean McCoy will get his second career start.
Through seven games, the second round draft pick has piled up 294 yards on 70 carries, for two touchdowns a 4.2 average. In his first start, against the Giants last week, McCoy went for 82 yards on the ground and a touchdown, adding ten yards as a receiver. However, these numbers are somewhat misleading; McCoy did little through three quarters, before breaking a 66 yard touchdown run in the fourth.