Westbrook banged up -- again

October, 6, 2008
10/06/08
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Posted by ESPN.com's Matt Mosley

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Eagles running back Brian Westbrook suffered two broken ribs in Sunday's 23-17 loss to the Redskins and coach Andy Reid doesn't know if he'll be ready for the 49ers. I think the Eagles can take care of San Francisco without Westbrook, but then, I thought the same thing about the Bears a couple of weeks ago.

Reid doesn't want to use this as an excuse, but the team is struggling without Shawn Andrews (back) at right guard. I think it would give the team a big lift to get him back.

Westbrook looked superb on the first drive of the game, but he hurt his ribs soon after. I may be in the minority, but I still think the Eagles could string four or five victories together. The problem, though, is that the Redskins should be 7-1 at the midway point. I think the Giants will be no worse than 7-1 and the Cowboys will be 6-2. That means the Eagles have already lost their margin of error. At some point, Donovan McNabb has to stop talking about how great this team is and actually take it to the field.

On Sunday, the Eagles didn't look like they belonged on the same field with the Redskins through the final three quarters. That needs to stop immediately.

 
Ron Jaworski talks about what the Eagles need to do to make up for the loss of Westbrook.

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