The Philadelphia Eagles remain optimistic that running back Brian Westbrook will be healthy enough to practice by the middle of August.
Westbook is recovering from offseason ankle surgery.
“I think he has a chance to be back by mid-August and then we’ll just take it from there,” Eagles coach Andy Reid told reporters today in comments distributed by the team. “You never know on these things.
“Everybody heals a little bit different. Some people heal faster than other people. We’ll just see how it works out.”
Westbrook reported to training camp today along with rookies and other selected veterans.
However, Westbrook’s activity for the next three days will be confined to rehabilitating his surgically-repaired ankle.
“Brian’s actually up here now, or going to be up here now for these three days,” Reid said. “He won’t do any work on the field. He’ll just do his rehab work. He won’t go to any meetings.”
Meanwhile, defensive end Victor Abiamiri is sidelined after straining a pectoral muscle a few weeks ago while lifting weights.
Reid indicated that Abiamiri will be out for at least a few weeks.