Monday, October 27, 2003
DT Thomas out for the season
PHILADELPHIA -- Eagles defensive tackle Hollis Thomas will
have season-ending surgery Tuesday after tearing his left biceps in
the final minute of Philadelphia's victory over the New York Jets.
Running back-returner Brian Westbrook probably will miss
Sunday's game against Atlanta with a high left-ankle sprain, and
Pro Bowl cornerback Bobby Taylor could miss his second straight
game with a foot strain.
Thomas, a key run stopper, becomes the fourth member of the
Eagles' defensive line to be lost for the season. Defensive ends
Derrick Burgess (Achilles' tendon) and Jamaal Green (leg) went down
in the preseason and defensive tackle Paul Grasmanis (Achilles')
was hurt in the second week of the season.
And, rookie defensive end Jerome McDougle, the 15th overall pick
in April's draft, still hasn't played because of an ankle injury.
He is practicing and is closer to returning.
Westbrook, the team's best playmaker, was hurt in the first half
of Sunday's 24-17 victory. He leads the Eagles with 323 yards
rushing and four touchdowns, and also had a game-winning punt
return for a score against the New York Giants last week.
Taylor, injured in the season opener, came back to play against
the Giants, but aggravated the injury and didn't dress against the
All-Pro safety Brian Dawkins, also out since the opener with a
foot injury, is improving, but most likely won't return for a few