Sunday, February 7, 2016

L.J.'s Back; Westy 'Close'

L.J. Smith returned to practice today as the Eagles began preparations for the Redskins. Brian Westbrook was a limited participant and said he thought he was "close" to playing.

L.J.'s Back; Westy 'Close'


       The Eagles got tight end L.J. Smith back from a back injury as they began preparing Wednesday to play the Redskins this weekend. Running back Brian Westbrook made it through the morning walkthrough; it was unclear the extent to which he intended to participate in practice. It didn't sound as if he would do much, but Westbrook said: "I'm close. Getting closer daily."

   P.M. UPDATE: Westbrook was listed as a limited practice participant. "It went well, it went well," Westbrook said afterward. "It went as well as could be expected."

     Quarterback Donovan McNabb indicated he is thinking he will have Westbrook this weekend, until Westbrook really practices at full speed, no one knows that for sure.

     Last year, the Redskins prepared for the Eagles by using practice squad corner Byron Westbrook to mimic his older brother, and the younger Westbrook is again one of the Redskins' extras. Yesterday, Brian Westbrook said he didn't think that gimmick could really help Washington. "He's not as good as me," Brian joked.

    McNabb acknowledged his contused chest is still pretty sore, and that it is something that is "not going to get healed in a week or two," but McNabb felt his throwing motion wasn't restricted against Chicago and he doesn't expect it to be hindered this weekend. UPDATE: McNabb also was listed as limited in practice.

    There was much discussion Wednesday of how Sunday's loss brought back unpleasant memories of last season, and close losses to teams that didn't always seem to have superior talent.

      "You can't play 3 1/2 quarters of good football and not capitalize at the end," McNabb said.

    Eagles coach Andy Reid said DE Victor Abiamiri has gotten the screws removed from his wrist and should be able to practice soon. Reid said RG Shawn Andrews was being examined by a back specialist today. UPDATE: Andrews said he was encouraged by the way his back is feeling and by what he heard from the specialist, whom he declined to identify.

    Also, punter Sav Rocca has been named NFC Special Teams Player of the Month, the first Eagles punter to win the honor. Also the first Eagle from Australia to win anything. And the first Eagle named "Sav."


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