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Friday, October 3, 2008
Westbrook ready to roll?

By Dan Graziano
ESPN.com

Posted by ESPN.com's Matt Mosley

Eagles running back Brian Westbrook (ankle) finally made it through a full practice Friday, which is a good indicator that he'll play against the Redskins on Sunday. Of course, his younger brother Byron, a member of the Redskins practice squad, indicated earlier in the week that the Eagles weren't being forthright with Brian's injury and that he was nowhere close to playing.

Coach Andy Reid sounded optimistic when asked about Westbrook on Friday, although he still said he'd be a game-time decision.

"He was able to get through everything, and it looked like he did well," said Reid. "We'll just see how he feels later today and then tomorrow. Most importantly, we'll see how he feels on Sunday."

I think Westbrook will play Sunday, but don't expect him to be anywhere near 100 percent. If you're trying to make fantasy decisions, I'm being told that Correll Buckhalter will end up with more carries in this one.

The thing that really concerns me is this Shawn Andrews back injury. He not only has a disc problem (causing inflammation), but he's also having back spasms. Take it from someone who broke his back about eight years ago. These things don't calm down very quickly.

Reid didn't indicate that the Eagles were considering surgery, but that will become an option if Andrews keeps missing games.

If you're looking for a key matchup in this game, focus on Santana Moss vs. Sheldon Brown. I honestly thought Lito Sheppard could do a better job against Moss, but Jim Johnson is no longer speaking to me before games.

Did I mention my exclusive with middle linebacker Stewart Bradley earlier today? I'll have that for you tomorrow.

Just a quick tidbit: I'm told that Jim Johnson has installed 26 blitzes for this game (15 in the base defense, 11 in the specialty packages).