Chicago Bears: Brian Westbrook
It wasn't that long ago that Fast Willie Parker was the toast of Pittsburgh. He set a Super Bowl record and had an inspirational story.
Just last year, Julius Peppers was the second highest-paid defensive player in the league, and he is a tremendous athlete.
But things change fast in the NFL. The elevator goes from the penthouse to the basement faster than you can say "offseason participation bonus."
Now, we find ourselves wondering if the Bears should pick up any of these superstars, all around 30 years old and arguably on either the downside of their career (all three running backs) or just past their peak (Peppers) in what could be a one-year-or-bust season for several decision makers.
The Chicago Bears may not have to face Philadelphia Eagles running back Brian Westbrook after his second concussion
LAKE FOREST, Ill. -- The Chicago Bears may catch a major break for the second consecutive season when they face the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday night at Soldier Field. Eagles star running back Brian Westbrook may be forced to miss the game after suffering another concussion Sunday in San Diego.
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Brian Westbrook suffered his second concussion since Oct. 26 on Sunday.
"It is [a big break], because he's a really good player," Bears defensive end Adewale Ogunleye said. "He's a mismatch for a lot of guys, defensive backs or linebackers. If he's not playing, it should help us out."
Westbrook sustained his first concussion versus Washington on October 26, then missed the team's next two games before being medically cleared to play against the Chargers.
"We'll just see how Brian does here," Eagles head coach Andy Reid told reporters after the game. "I know it's a concern for everybody, us included, and Brian.
"We'll evaluate him and we'll see how things go this next week. We'll make sure we evaluate it and take every step that we can to make sure that he's OK. We did that the last time, and we're going to keep doing it. We'll see how it goes. That was a heck of a hit he took."
Westbrook was inactive when Philadelphia traveled to Chicago last season -- a game the Bears won because of a late goal-line stand. LeSean McCoy is the Eagles back-up running back, and he had just three carries for five yards in the loss to San Diego.