At a time when all signs were reporting to the return of Eagles running back Brian Westbrook from two concussions he suffered in two separate games this year, Les Bowen of the Philadelphia Daily News reports that it might not happen this weekend.
Per Bowen, coach Andy Reid “gingerly acknowledged” (does Reid do anything gingerly?) that Westbrook’s neurological tests aren’t where they need to be to permit him to play.
Westbrook was expected to fully participate in practice with the first-team offense on Wednesday, but he participate on a limited basis only, as a member of the scout team.
Bowen says there’s “little chance” Westbrook will play against the 49ers.
“I think actually he’s feeling pretty good,” Reid said. “It’s just, they give him
these tests, and if it’s off an inch, they’re very cautious with that,
and understandably so.”
We’ve got a strong feeling Westbrook won’t be back during the regular season, and possibly not during the postseason. We also think that the Eagles are sending mixed signals in this regard to force opponents to prepare for Westbrook’s possible presence on game day.