Broken Ribs for Westbrook

Brian Westbrook flies through the air to score a 14-yard touchdown Sunday in the fourth quarter and after fracturing two ribs in the first quarter. (Jerry Lodriguss / Staff Photographer)

      A bad Eagles weekend got worse today when Andy Reid, droning through the injuries in his usual day-after news conference, casually mentioned that Brian Westbrook has broken ribs. Two of 'em, Reid eventually acknowledged. He wouldn't speculate on Westbrook's availability for this weekend's game at San Francisco, but it would seem really unlikely that Westbrook will play, and even more unlikely that he will be effective.

     Westbrook was the best player on the field on the Birds' opening drive Sunday against the Redskins, but suffered the rib injury on the eighth play of the game, Reid said, and though he left the game only briefly, he was not nearly as effective the rest of the way.

   The rest of the news conference was Reid's usual mea culpa. He called the confused collapse on third and 1 from the Redskins' 2 late in the game "completely a coaching error on my part," and "unacceptable."

    Reid repeatedly asserted that "the effort's there" with his 2-3 team, which seemed to be shaping up as one of the NFC's best before losing conference games the last two weeks.

     Reid noted that the Eagles are "16 points off" in their three losses, even though they've actually lost those games by a total of 14 points. Somehow, the hazy math seemed fitting.