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Report: Westbrook contemplating retirement

Eight days after the Eagles exited the 2009 playoffs, word has emerged that one of their mainstays on offense over the past decade could be calling it quits.

Howard Eskin reported Sunday night on NBC Philadelphia’s Sports Final and WIP radio that running back Brian Westbrook may have to retire.

But while concussions triggered talk during the season that Westbrook might not return, Eskin says that Westbrook’s left knee is the problem, due to multiple surgeries and overall wear and tear.  He’ll be visiting doctors in the near future for additional opinions about whether he can still play.

Eskin says there’s “almost no chance” Westbrook will play for the Eagles again (he’s due to earn a $7.25 million salary in 2010), and that he might have trouble passing a physical for another team.

The eight-year veteran has rushed for 5,995 yards (4.6 per carry), and he has caught 426 passes for 3,790 yards.  Westbrook also has scored 66 career touchdowns.

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  1. Joe in Toronto, Canada says: Jan 18, 2010 7:50 AM

    He was allot of fun to watch, It’s a shame he has to go out like this.

  2. .VoxVeritas says: Jan 18, 2010 7:53 AM

    Who?

  3. KingJoe! says: Jan 18, 2010 8:04 AM

    Too bad, he has been one of the most exciting players in Eagles history.

  4. Count Sacula says: Jan 18, 2010 8:05 AM

    One of the best running backs in the last decade. B-West – much respect for what you did in your career. Best of luck.
    @ Vox – You’re a toolbox.
    http://www.myspace.com/warlock978

  5. Bwa Ha Ha says: Jan 18, 2010 8:06 AM

    Vox, he’s a guy on the Eagles that played in last seasons NFC Championship game, the one you watched with no rooting interest last year, just like this year. Just like next year.

  6. Eaglesblitz says: Jan 18, 2010 8:12 AM

    One of the all time great Eagles. A true pro

  7. PhonyRomo says: Jan 18, 2010 8:13 AM

    Vox, you must remember Westbrook, don’t you? He had a few good games against your Cowboys.

  8. this class sucks says: Jan 18, 2010 8:13 AM

    @Vox
    Don’t you ever get tired of making your self a target for people to insult or do you just get some sick pleasure or sense of control from getting a reaction out of people? Everyone on PFT should just never reference Vox or any of his statements again.
    @Florio
    What about a story on Ed Reed saying he is 50/50 on coming back?

  9. Rickah99 says: Jan 18, 2010 8:14 AM

    The guy that ran all over a hapless Cowboys team during most of the decade…oops!

  10. Joe in Toronto, Canada says: Jan 18, 2010 8:15 AM

    You should try getting a life, Vox, you nerd looking momma’s boy.

  11. Eaglesblitz says: Jan 18, 2010 8:15 AM

    Stfu vox u should retire from this site everyone would enjoy that

  12. EaglesFreak89 says: Jan 18, 2010 8:18 AM

    #36, I hope the Eagles retire your number. I’m 20, started following football religiously in the 2004 season when the birds made there SB run. I’ll be sad to see you go, you’ve been our RB my entire FOOTBALL life.

  13. .VoxVeritas says: Jan 18, 2010 8:19 AM

    Oh wait, I remember this guy. He’s like the best RB the 0-3gles have ever had. Sadly.

  14. thestan says: Jan 18, 2010 8:19 AM

    Wouldn’t have minded him on the team at a reduced rate – if for no other reason than the fact that he is one of, if not THE best blitz pickup RB in the league…
    Maybe a sign that the Birds will have a QB who’s not afraid to lead a reciever, and who will get rid of the ball (hopefully not in the turf) at the right time rather than running around and getting sacked or dumping it down to the safety valve for a -3 yrd loss…
    Probably just wishful thinking..GREAT CAREER THOUGH for 36…he was the closest think to Marshall Faulk since… Marshall Faulk

  15. hotchick says: Jan 18, 2010 8:22 AM

    And though it will be his knee that ultimately is the reason for retirement, everyone will forget or ignore that and blame it on the concussions.

  16. phildo says: Jan 18, 2010 8:27 AM

    he also made Brooking cry a few times

  17. jan van flac says: Jan 18, 2010 8:28 AM

    *uck you Vox.
    Your team sux just as bad as mine, worse actually since everyone had crowned them Super Bowl winners and they got absolutely hammered. Enjoy their 6-10 or if you’re lucky 8-8 season next year.
    Westbrook has been a player of rare ability for his entire career. Plenty of RBs are fast but he had a rare balance of speed, balance and unbelievable vision.
    He should definitely leave the game now. He doesn’t need the money, he’s by all accounts a smart guy who has made plans for the future and he should err on the side of his health.

  18. mad555 says: Jan 18, 2010 8:30 AM

    I wonder if it’s the same knee that he used to kneel down at the 1 yd line to run out the clock on the cowboys in ’06?

  19. Jaydub says: Jan 18, 2010 8:32 AM

    He was a Giant killer, and as a Giants fan, I’ll be glad to see him hang it up. I’ve always had a ton of respect for him as a football player. Walk away while you still CAN walk.

  20. Eaglesblitz says: Jan 18, 2010 8:36 AM

    Yep he is the best RB we ever had and he doesn’t even cheer after a 3 yard run like that douche Barber. Hey Vox don’t u think Austin looks like A-Rods retarded brother

  21. wvugrad00 says: Jan 18, 2010 8:37 AM

    @Vox you want another number?
    1 – number of playoff wins in the past 14 years.
    Good job cowboys, thats getting it done

  22. MikeBorio says: Jan 18, 2010 8:37 AM

    @this class sucks
    You mean like this one?
    http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2010/01/17/ed-reed-50-50-to-retire/

  23. Bwa Ha Ha says: Jan 18, 2010 8:39 AM

    Vox, He was one of the guys in last years NFC Championship game that you watched, with no team in the game. Just like you’ll watch it this year, just like you’ll watch it next year.

  24. Anarcho Purplism says: Jan 18, 2010 8:42 AM

    He’s been injured so much in his career, he should retire while he is reasonably healthy.
    Who knows what problems his knees & his head already have.
    Great career. Fun to watch.

  25. mwh06e says: Jan 18, 2010 8:45 AM

    Id be upset at the world if I looked like Vox.
    http://viewmorepics.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=viewImage&friendID=154166346&albumID=795368&imageID=4673092

  26. Dawn says: Jan 18, 2010 8:56 AM

    Brian Westbrook is a class act and his lunch pail work ethic will be sadly missed.

  27. Bigbluefan says: Jan 18, 2010 9:02 AM

    One of the all time great choke artists
    One of the guys that have help the egals win zero Championships
    Just what they need in Filthy another guy selling cars

  28. Mr Krinkle says: Jan 18, 2010 9:03 AM

    This is breaking news?

  29. .VoxVeritas says: Jan 18, 2010 9:04 AM

    “Vox, you must remember Westbrook, don’t you?”
    I was just kidding, guys. I know who Brian Westbrook is. He’s the guy that only managed more 0 yard rushing game than 100 yard rushing games against the Cowboys over his entire career.
    4 for 0 yards
    8 for 55
    8 for 37
    7 for 31
    15 for 56
    12 for 48
    6 for 12
    16 for 86
    11 for 33
    26 for 122
    16 for 65
    18 for 81
    18 for 58
    13 for 50
    5 for 17
    0 for 0

  30. stevemcguigan says: Jan 18, 2010 9:06 AM

    Vox:
    You might remember him from Super Bowl XXXIX and a bunch of NFC Championship Game appearances. Speaking of sad, did you know that the Cowboys have only won one playoff game in 13 years?

  31. stevemcguigan says: Jan 18, 2010 9:17 AM

    Vox, as usual, leaves out a couple other important stats like receiving yards and, y’know, touchdowns. Speaking of managing, did you know that Tony Romo has only managed to win 1 playoff game in his entire illustrious career as undrafted piece of garbage from Eastern Illinois? Do you Cowboy fans know it’s going to be a loss ahead of time when Romo has that “Gawrsh, where am I? A’hyuck!” look on his face halfway through the second quarter?

  32. .VoxVeritas says: Jan 18, 2010 9:17 AM

    “Probably just wishful thinking..GREAT CAREER THOUGH for 36…he was the closest think to Marshall Faulk since… Marshall Faulk”
    Ya, only 6000+ rushing yards and 63 TDs short, dang he was close! Kinda boggles the mind that Westbrook could have another entire career just like the one he’s just had and really still wouldn’t be close to Faulk’s numbers, but there you are saying that he’s the closest thing to Marshall Faulk since Marshall Faulk himself. And that’s just rushing numbers. As for receiving, Westy’s only 3,000+ yards short of Faulk. But yeah, pretty close ROFL

  33. .VoxVeritas says: Jan 18, 2010 9:19 AM

    “Your team sux just as bad as mine”
    20-16
    24-0
    34-14
    …says you’re dreaming. Enjoy the continued obscurity.

  34. .VoxVeritas says: Jan 18, 2010 9:20 AM

    “@Vox you want another number?”
    WVU grads can count? WHO KNEW?

  35. mike_311 says: Jan 18, 2010 9:20 AM

    I heard he cant remember how to run.

  36. .VoxVeritas says: Jan 18, 2010 9:21 AM

    “One of the best running backs in the last decade.”
    Sure, if your list of “best running backs in the last decade” is at least 30 names long.

  37. .VoxVeritas says: Jan 18, 2010 9:23 AM

    “Stfu vox u should retire from this site everyone would enjoy that”
    I’m not here to please everyone. I’m not going to lie to you guys just because it would make you feel all warm and fuzzy inside.

  38. .VoxVeritas says: Jan 18, 2010 9:25 AM

    “Hey Vox don’t u think Austin looks like A-Rods retarded brother”
    Kinda does actually. Actually I imagine that would be what the baby would look like if A-Rod screwed Jessica Biel.

  39. mwh06e says: Jan 18, 2010 9:25 AM

    0 for 0 isnt a statline

  40. mad555 says: Jan 18, 2010 9:27 AM

    Wow, Vix. You looked up all his rushing stats… And how many receving yds. did he have in each game? and how many TDs? and don’ forget the kneel down that is as good as a td.

  41. .VoxVeritas says: Jan 18, 2010 9:29 AM

    “Yep he is the best RB we ever had and he doesn’t even cheer after a 3 yard run like that douche Barber.”
    Barber has more rushing TDs than Westbrook in less than half the starts.

  42. .VoxVeritas says: Jan 18, 2010 9:30 AM

    “Vox, He was one of the guys in last years NFC Championship game”
    12 for 45.

  43. Bwa Ha Ha says: Jan 18, 2010 9:37 AM

    # .VoxVeritas says: January 18, 2010 9:30 AM
    “Vox, He was one of the guys in last years NFC Championship game”
    12 for 45.
    Yep, and in the game

  44. KolbFan says: Jan 18, 2010 9:37 AM

    The best screen running RB maybe in history of NFL. Thank You BWest, you are an Eagle HOF’er for sure.
    I blame ownership for never giving you a between the tackles complimentary RB to take the wear off you.
    You were overused (and consequently oft injured when it counted) but never ever complained. You will be missed.

  45. stevemcguigan says: Jan 18, 2010 9:38 AM

    “Barber has more rushing TDs than Westbrook in less than half the starts.”
    8 for 14.

  46. .VoxVeritas says: Jan 18, 2010 9:38 AM

    “0 for 0 isnt a statline”
    Actually it is. It’s indicative of the fact that he played, but rushed 0 times for 0 yards.

  47. smiley says: Jan 18, 2010 9:41 AM

    I remember watching Westbrook play for his first time in the NFL…and thought….this guy is at a different speed than everyone else. I never looked forward to the Redskins facing him. Great RB. Hail!!

  48. .VoxVeritas says: Jan 18, 2010 9:47 AM

    “Speaking of sad, did you know that the Cowboys have only won one playoff game in 13 years? ”
    The saddest part of that is in spite of that obvious fact, and in spite of the fact that the 0-3gles have been around decades longer, the Cowboys still have over a dozen more playoff wins than the 0-3gles.

  49. Bwa Ha Ha says: Jan 18, 2010 9:53 AM

    Vox,
    Last years NFC Championship game:
    Westbrook 12 for 45
    Barber, 0 for 0
    Jones 0 for 0
    Choice 0 for 0

  50. nasheagles says: Jan 18, 2010 10:00 AM

    May be tim efor more than just BW to move on.. I love McNabb, but watching Kolb in a few games was how the West coast offense needs to move.. fast drops and quick throws…

  51. TRAMO says: Jan 18, 2010 10:00 AM

    Yea him and mcflab are the ones that stayed hurt more than they played both are wusses

  52. Prthegreat says: Jan 18, 2010 10:05 AM

    Not just a RB he was a electric KR/PR!
    They tried to make him an every down back! and it looks like it shorten his career!
    Goes to show you how lost Andy Reid is when i comes to running the football or the running game period!
    Shouldve given buck more touches!

  53. stevemcguigan says: Jan 18, 2010 10:19 AM

    the Cowboys still have over a dozen more playoff wins than the 0-3gles.
    Neat! How many under the current head coach? Previous three head coaches? Current quarterback? Previous 5 starting quartbacks?
    Oh. Just the one, huh? Wow. That’s pretty terrible.

  54. topcide says: Jan 18, 2010 10:35 AM

    Hey Vox-
    your team just got anally raped. hahahaahaha

  55. .VoxVeritas says: Jan 18, 2010 10:37 AM

    “The best screen running RB maybe in history of NFL.”
    Oh Lord, forgive these fools their ignorance.

  56. penguininbondage says: Jan 18, 2010 10:38 AM

    Good Luck Westy!

  57. .VoxVeritas says: Jan 18, 2010 10:40 AM

    “Neat! How many under the current head coach?”
    Well he won more than Reid did this year and he’s won the division 2 out of the 3 years he’s been there.
    Hey did you know that that Julio Borgon guy is listed in the phone book? You should call him. http://www.switchboard.com

  58. topcide says: Jan 18, 2010 10:53 AM

    vox, you really have an inferiority complex.

  59. stevemcguigan says: Jan 18, 2010 10:55 AM

    “Well he won the division and choked in the playoffs for the second time since he’s been there.”
    Fixed that for ya, Julio.

  60. rocman101 says: Jan 18, 2010 10:59 AM

    I aspire to be like you, Vox. How did you earn your degree as a professional commentor on PFT?

  61. Big Smitty SCPO says: Jan 18, 2010 10:59 AM

    And thats why we cheered when Irvin went down respect you get what you give….

  62. Adam says: Jan 18, 2010 11:04 AM

    Jaydub says:
    January 18, 2010 8:32 AM
    He was a Giant killer, and as a Giants fan, I’ll be glad to see him hang it up. I’ve always had a ton of respect for him as a football player. Walk away while you still CAN walk.
    That’s exactly how I feel.

  63. .VoxVeritas says: Jan 18, 2010 11:05 AM

    “I aspire to be like you, Vox.”
    You’re just one of many.

  64. .VoxVeritas says: Jan 18, 2010 11:07 AM

    Don’t forget the “5-2 against the 0-3gles” part.

  65. Borg30 says: Jan 18, 2010 11:12 AM

    Folks,
    I know it is difficult, but try to ignore the sewer rat, (a.k.a Vox), she is still crying about the cowgirls, losing in the playoffs, AGIAN…
    as for Westbrook, get better soon. He was a GIANT Killer.. Just ask Antonio Pierce.

  66. Kevin from Philly says: Jan 18, 2010 11:25 AM

    “VoxVeritas says:
    January 18, 2010 11:05 AM
    “I aspire to be like you, Vox.”
    You’re just one of many.”
    Yeah: all the fry cooks, itching to get the drive-through window gig.

  67. .VoxVeritas says: Jan 18, 2010 11:31 AM

    “And thats why we cheered when Irvin went down respect you get what you give….
    Respect is to be earned, not given. You cheered Irvin’s injury because he made a career out of whipping 0-3gle ass and you were hoping that it was over, taking joy in the fact that it looked like it was.
    You, personally, are not worthy of any level of respect for projecting your shortcomings on others. You want something that you’ve never given NOR earned.

  68. .VoxVeritas says: Jan 18, 2010 11:34 AM

    “I know it is difficult, but try to ignore the sewer rat, (a.k.a Vox), she is still crying about the cowgirls, losing in the playoffs, AGIAN…”
    You guys project a lot. Yeah, the Cowboys lost to the Vikings, but they also broke the 0-3gles’ backs in two games to get there.
    372 days since the 0-3gles won a playoff game.

  69. topcide says: Jan 18, 2010 11:36 AM

    .VoxVeritas says:
    January 18, 2010 11:05 AM
    “I aspire to be like you, Vox.”
    You’re just one of many.
    With the many people showing s desire to be like Vox,I present the offical Vox Veritas starter kit.
    It includes a lifetime lease in your parents basement, as well as a job working at the local KFC.
    It also comes with a torn and ratty 1992 Cowboys SuperBowl champions t-shirt, as well as a unused ticket to the 2010 NFC champ game that obiviously will not be needed.
    Order now and recieve a limited edition Jerry Jones hologram card that seemesly makes the transition from pre-facelift Jerry to post facelift modern Jerry.
    For a small additional fee, you can add the option of also having a official Kieth Brooking tear rag or Tony Romo cabo san lucas themed beach sandels.

  70. mustbechris says: Jan 18, 2010 11:48 AM

    vox re-appeared much quicker this year than he did last year.
    i guess the rule that applies for the TD that brooking keeps whining about from yesterday (if you don’t want them to score, don’t let them) applies here similarly. if we want vox to shut the hell up, we gotta knock the cowboys out of the playoffs.
    oh well. i guess he’s gotta find something else to do now, what with not playing in another NFC championship game. how many have we played in under reid…5 or so? out of 11 years?
    but hey, at least jerry is keeping wade phillips around. more reassurance for us that the cowboys will continue to fail when it matters. or not even make it there to fail.

  71. toe-to-toe bird law says: Jan 18, 2010 12:02 PM

    # .VoxVeritas says: January 18, 2010 7:53 AM
    Who?
    —————————————————-
    Remember, he’s the guy who would always embarrass Demarcus Ware when catching passes in the flats. You see, I had to look up Ware’s name on NFL.com to make sure he still played football. Dallas had a playoff game yesterday, but I didn’t see him at all.

  72. dogfighter7 says: Jan 18, 2010 12:03 PM

    vox & big blew
    you wonder why giant and cowboy fans get their asses kicked when they come to the linc. I will personally assault a fan of your respective teams for each of you next season.

  73. theron2666 says: Jan 18, 2010 12:14 PM

    Guys quit feeding the Vox troll. He has typed for 21 posts in this thread alone but managed only 15 combined in the 10 other worthless articles about how the Cowboys lost. He clearly has nothing better to do since he likes to throw out incomplete stats.
    Remember he is the epitome of a Dallas fan.

  74. toe-to-toe bird law says: Jan 18, 2010 12:15 PM

    # .VoxVeritas says: January 18, 2010 11:05 AM
    “I aspire to be like you, Vox.”
    You’re just one of many.
    —————————————————
    I wish I could have a Magic: the Gathering card deck as abundant as yours. All I have to do is hop in my time machine and go back to the third grade to beat up the one kid who played, steal his deck and come back to the future. But I would probably travel too far into the future and find out that you were killed by the local cattle after they had enough of your “naughty touch” game. I’m not knocking your hobbies, I’m just….wait, yeah, I definitely am knocking your hobbies.

  75. Sasquash says: Jan 18, 2010 12:16 PM

    Westbrook was a warrior for us. If it wasn’t for that shakey knee there is no doubt he would have had better career numbers. He was a very versitile player who did it all. He could run, catch, return kicks, and was a hell of a blocker. Best Eagle rb of my life time no doubt. You will be missed B-WEST. As much as I hate to say this please hang them up for your own health. I loved your game and your heart.
    All you haters that don’t think he was that good, you don’t know anything. Eagles should have given Bucky more touches just to keep B-WEST fresher.Just imagine if Andy Reid and his side kicks knew how to call a game.

  76. .VoxVeritas says: Jan 18, 2010 1:13 PM

    “the cowboys will continue to fail when it matters”
    You mean like the 0-3gles have every year for the past 50 years?

  77. Akshun says: Jan 18, 2010 1:14 PM

    Vox why you hating on Westbrook? Is it because he’ll do something NO COWBOY in the next 10-20 years will ever do? Play in a Super Bowl

  78. .VoxVeritas says: Jan 18, 2010 1:35 PM

    “Remember, he’s the guy who would always embarrass Demarcus Ware when catching passes in the flats.”
    Yeah, right.
    1 for 27
    2 for 12
    6 for 45
    9 for 63
    14 for 90
    2 for 6
    5 for 53
    5 for 32
    3 for 24
    That’s the receiving stat line for every game Westy has played against the Cowboys since Demarcus Ware was drafted.
    47 for 352 yards. That averages out to 7.5 yards per catch. That’s over a yard below his average (8.7 yards) in that same time period. Only one (1) of his 19 receiving TDs in that period of time came against the Cowboys.
    Thanks for playing, and have a nice day.

  79. .VoxVeritas says: Jan 18, 2010 1:38 PM

    “You see, I had to look up Ware’s name on NFL.com to make sure he still played football. Dallas had a playoff game yesterday, but I didn’t see him at all.”
    You missed him? He had more tackles and sacks than Trent Cole had in his last two games combined.

  80. .VoxVeritas says: Jan 18, 2010 1:39 PM

    “you wonder why giant and cowboy fans get their asses kicked when they come to the linc.”
    Actually I’ve never heard of that happening. I’ve seen cowards throw snowballs at 49er fans from like 15 rows away, though.

  81. .VoxVeritas says: Jan 18, 2010 1:39 PM

    “I wish I could have a Magic: the Gathering card deck as abundant as yours. All I have to do is hop in my time machine and go back to the third grade to beat up the one kid who played, steal his deck and come back to the future. But I would probably travel too far into the future and find out that you were killed by the local cattle after they had enough of your “naughty touch” game. I’m not knocking your hobbies, I’m just….wait, yeah, I definitely am knocking your hobbies.”
    You’re also spending a lot of time talking about me.

  82. graphicsdesignbyjuliosucks says: Jan 18, 2010 3:01 PM

    poor vox’s myspace status is lonely as he sits there on a computer in his moms basement looking up all of westbrooks stats…last i checks 7.5 per catch aint to bad for a rb u loser!

  83. Whiterhino says: Jan 18, 2010 6:03 PM

    this class sucks says:
    @Vox
    Don’t you ever get tired of making your self a target for people to insult or do you just get some sick pleasure or sense of control from getting a reaction out of people? Everyone on PFT should just never reference Vox or any of his statements again.
    —————-
    Have you seen this guy’s Myspace page (someone posted it above)
    All he has is the attention that gets paid to him on PFT. I guess for him, it doubles for the affection of a woman, which he would clearly never earn – because if a woman could EVER love a face like that, she’d be forced to have to deal with his personality. And we can all see that he’s a borderline sociopath with no social skills.

  84. fuhgyou says: Jan 18, 2010 7:13 PM

    Everyone remember that game when he kneed at the one yard line, declining to get the glory of the touchdown just to ensure his team’s victory? Totally selfless.
    That was against the Cowboys, by the way. It’s funny, I thought someone had said he never had done anything against them.
    Let’s see…
    2004: 2 starts against Dallas:
    118 yards, one touchdown vs. Dallas
    126 yards vs. Dallas
    Both wins.
    2005: 118 yards vs. Dallas, one touchdown in win
    2006: 86 yards, one touchdown vs. Dallas
    128 yards vs. Dallas
    Both wins.
    2007: 155 yards, one touchdown vs. Dallas
    144 yards vs. Dallas (kneed at one yard
    line instead of scoring touchdown) in win
    2008: 103 yards, 3 touchdowns vs. Dallas
    Barely played in late game due to 44-6
    Blow-out.
    Seems like he had some pretty good games against those Cowboys.
    But you go ahead, keep listing his 0/0 stat line from a game in which he barely played due to injuries, which it should be noted is the very reason we are commenting right now.
    I seem to remember some bum named Barber getting stopped at the one what like, 4 consecutive times?
    Four?
    Damn, that sucks for his team!

  85. rocman101 says: Jan 18, 2010 10:22 PM

    Vox, it’s me again. As I continue my apprenticeship under you, I have another question.
    Oh holy vox, how do you have enough time in your day to constantly look up statlines and post on PFT?
    Please, teach me your ways. I strive to have your dedication, and perhaps one day I too could become a full time PFT commentor.

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