Westy: Couldn't Cut on Ankle

    Eagles running back Brian Westbrook said that when he warmed up at Soldier Field Sunday, he couldn't maneuver quite well enough to play in the Eagles' loss to the Bears.

      "We warmed up and we tested it. It just wasn't right. You would hate to go out there and injure it more, and then be out for two, three, or four more weeks," Westbrook, who suffered an ankle strain Sunday a week ago against Pittsburgh, said tonight on his ESPN 950-AM radio show.

   "I was just trying to get a feel for how much pain there was going to be with running. I felt OK running straight. The problem was going, just the little simple weaves and things like that, just carrying and cutting, that was a problem, more than anything. At that point, I knew that it probably wasn't wise to go."

     Toward the end of his foray onto the field, Westbrook conferred with team head athletic trainer Rick Burkholder, offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg and general manager Tom Heckert.

     "I told him how I felt," Westbrook said, referring to Heckert. "Tom's a reasonable guy. He wants what's best for the team, but he also wants what's best for me, as well. "I told him how I felt, I told him the pain that I was having, him and Rick, I was honest with them, they went and conferenced with coach (Andy) Reid, and they made the decision."

     Earlier today, in Reid's regular day-after news conference, the coach said that if Westbrook had to practice Monday, he couldn't have. Reid said he wasn't sure about Westbrook's status for the next time the Eagles really do practice, on Wednesday. This would seem to indicate it isn't a given that Westbrook will play Sunday at home against the Redskins.

    Even more ominous was Reid's disclosure that right guard Shawn Andrews' back doesn't feel better, two weeks after he injured it in Dallas, and that Andrews will see a specialist this week.

   Reid also indicated it was unlikely that wideout Kevin Curtis, back doing scout team work as he recovers from sports hernia surgery, will become more than a limited practice participant this week.

    The only good injury news was that Reid said L.J. Smith's back feels better.