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RB ruled out after second opinion

PHILADELPHIA -- Brian Westbrook, the Philadelphia Eagles'
leading scorer with 13 touchdowns, will miss the playoffs because
of a torn triceps muscle.

The Eagles had hoped Westbrook could play out the season before
having surgery, but a second opinion ruled out the possibility. Dr.
James Andrews will perform the operation Tuesday in Alabama.

The Eagles will face Green Bay on Sunday in an NFC divisional
playoff game.

Westbrook split time with Correll Buckhalter and Duce Staley
this season, and was Philadelphia's main punt returner. Reno Mahe
or James Thrash will return punts, and Staley and Buckhalter will
share the running back duties.

Westbrook was injured in the first half of a 31-7 victory over
the Washington Redskins on Dec. 27. The second-year pro had 613
yards rushing on 117 carries and seven TDs. He also had 37
receptions for 332 yards and four TDs and returned two punts for
scores.