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Wednesday, January 7, 2009
Westbrook won't practice, will start

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Philadelphia Eagles running back Brian Westbrook did not practice Wednesday -- and might be limited for the rest of the week.

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Westbrook, who is nursing a badly sprained right ankle and swollen left knee, told ESPN's Sal Paolantonio on Wednesday that he probably won't practice much this week. He will instead prepare for the Eagles' divisional-round playoff game against the reigning Super Bowl champion New York Giants with an intensive regimen of weightlifting, stretching and running in a pool.

"The good thing is that I didn't tweak anything against the Vikings," Westbrook said. "I took a pounding on the turf but I didn't reinjure anything so I'm not starting from in a hole this week."

Westbrook said he will start against the Giants on Sunday, but only after taking a round of anti-inflammatory medication on Saturday night and Sunday morning to get the pain and swelling to a tolerable level.

In the Eagles' 26-14 victory against Minnesota last week, Westbrook finished with three receptions for 83 yards and a touchdown and 38 rushing yards on 20 carries.

Information from ESPN NFL reporter Sal Paolantonio was used in this report.