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Friday, October 10, 2008
Westbrook won't play against 49ers

By Dan Graziano
ESPN.com

Posted by ESPN.com's Matt Mosley

Westbrook

Eagles head coach Andy Reid decided not to wait until game day to rule out running back Brian Westbrook (ribs) for Sunday's game against the 49ers. He admitted that the upcoming bye week played a role in his decision to rest Westbrook, who was injured in the first quarter of last Sunday's 23-17 loss to the Redskins. Reid:

"Brian wants to go. He's in the mindset that he wants to play, but it's a decision that I've got to make. He's a tough nut and I know that. I've got to do what I think is best for him and the football team down the road. It made the decision a little easier for me than it is for him. Obviously, he wants to contribute and compete."

Reid also ruled out right guard Shawn Andrews and wide receiver Reggie Brown for the game. Defensive end Juqua Parker didn't practice Friday, but Reid thinks he'll play. If you're trying to connect the dots, this means that Correll Buckhalter will receiver the bulk of the carries in San Francisco and Lorenzo Booker will get the leftovers. Booker has been slow to grasp Reid's offense, which is baffling when you consider that he had the entire offseason.

For more information on the Eagles' injury situation, please read our weekly "Audibles" at 4 p.m. ET today.