Westbrook will sit vs. Cowboys

Eagles' Donovan McNabb and Dallas Cowboys' Tony Romo meet during pre-game warm ups on Sunday, November 8, 2009. (Yong Kim / Staff Photographer)

UPDATED: Brian Westbrook will not play tonight vs. Dallas.

The Eagles released a statement from head athletic trainer Rick Burkholder, regarding Brian Westbrook's condition moments ago. It reads:

"On Friday afternoon Brian began experiencing symptoms of a mild headache. From that point forward, we had Brian re-evaluated by (team internist) Dr. Gary Dorshimer and we put him through extensive testing. Even though those tests were determined to be negative, we all thought it would be in the best interests of Brian and the team that he should be deactivated for tonight's game. We will continue to evaluate Brian this week"

Also, linebacker Chris Gocong is inactive with hamstring and quad injuries, suffered against the Giants. Rookie Moise Fokou will start in his place.

The other inactives: Kevin Curtis, Victor Abiamiri, Max Jean-Gilles, Mike McGlynn, Dmitri Patterson and P.J. Hill.

All three quarterbacks are active. 


Eagles running back Brian Westbrook is not expected to play tonight against Dallas, ESPN's Adam Schefter is reporting, citing two league sources. ESPN said a team spokesman was noncommital; the team spokesman told the Daily News that the Westbrook information "isn't coming from us" and that Westbrook's status will be updated about 90 minutes before gametime, when the inactives are announced.

Westbrook missed last week's game against the Giants after suffering a concussion the previous Monday against Washington. Westbook practiced Wednesday and Thursday, but was held out Friday.

Coach Andy Reid said Friday that Westbrook had not suffered any setbacks after taking most of the reps on consecutive days. Reid said Westbrook sat to give rookie running back LeSean McCoy some first-team practice reps. Reid also said Westbrook was not having headaches. Nonetheless, the team listed Westbrook as "questionable" for tonight's game, which raised faint alarm bells..

If Westbrook indeed does not play, you have to wonder if some sort of setback did occur between Thursday and Friday, despite Reid's denial. Westbrook's agent, Todd France, did not respond to requests for comment from the Daily News Sunday.

The Eagles host the Dallas Cowboys tonight in an NFC East showdown with first place on the line.

Look for updates here on Eagletarian throughout the game, but let's get started with our staff predictions, key matchups and more.


Les Bowen: Eagles, 28-23

Ed Barkowitz: Eagles, 27-21

Bill Conlin: Eagles, 24-17

Paul Domowitch: Eagles, 31-20

Marcus Hayes: Eagles, 24-20

Mike Kern: Eagles, 27-20

Vegas Vic: Eagles, 30-24


Here are the selections of the football writers from the Dallas Morning News:

Todd Archer: Eagles, 35-30

Tim Colishaw: Cowboys, 26-21

Gerry Fraley: Cowboys, 27-24

Rick Gosselin: Eagles, 27-24

Bill Nichols: Cowboys, 24-21

David Moore: Eagles, 34-31

Kevin Sherrington: Eagles, 24-21

Jean Jacques Taylor: Eagles, 38-28


If you are looking for trends, the Eagles are 0-6 since NBC took over the Sunday night football package. The Cowboys are 8-2, incuding a loss to the Giants earlier this season.

Rodney Harrison on who will win: "I like the Eagles. This is the Dallas Cowboys biggest test yet, especially Tony Romo. He's going to see a host of blitzes. They're going to disguise coverage and come from all over the place. They're going to try and pressure and knock him in the mouth."

Tony Dungy on the NFC East's best team: "I like Philadelphia because I think Dallas still has some weaknesses in the secondary. You can see a ton of big plays from Philly's receivers this week."


1. Eagles LT Jason Peters vs. Cowboys LB DeMarcus Ware: Ware will line up on both ends, but probably will spend the majority of time on Peters' side. He's one of the league best pass rushers. Peters has been up and down. He gave up both of the Eagles' sacks last week. Advantage: Cowboys

2. Eagles WRs DeSean Jackson and Jeremy Maclin vs. Cowboys CBs Terence Newman and Mike Jenkins: Newman and Jenkins are good corners, but they're going to need help from their pass rush to neutralize the two young speedsters. Advantage: Eagles

3. Eagles FS Sean Jones vs. Cowboys TE Jason Witten: One of the main reasons Jones has replaced Macho Harris is because of the problems the Eagles have been having vs. opposing TEs. Witten's got 37 catches, but just one TD. Advantage: Cowboys