Brian Westbrook said he was doing his ESPN 950-AM radio show last night on about an hour of sleep since Sunday's game, courtesy of the two fractured ribs he sustained on the first drive of the Eagles' 23-17 loss to the Redskins.
Westbrook, who took a painkilling injection and missed only a series, said his participation this week at San Francisco probably would be a gametime decision. But the way Westbrook talked about the injury made it seem less than likely he will be able to play effectively. The Eagles have their bye week next.
Westbrook said he wanted to clear up the misconception that a pain shot in the ribs really numbs the area.
"Oh, my goodness, it doesn't," he said. "Every hit, you feel it. Every time you run, you turn, you feel it."
He said he would rehab as he did with the ankle injury he suffered against Pittsburgh, which kept him out of the loss in Chicago. "At the end of the day, you have to try to get a feel for what it's going to feel like," he said. "Can you stand that pain, and play with it, and be effective? Do I want to be out there at 45 percent and not willing to take a hit and hurting the team more than I'm helping it? No. I would rather have Correll Buckhalter, a proven running back, a guy who can get the job done, take over and carry this team. I wouldn't want to set the team back like that."
Westbrook said so far, this injury is at least slightly less painful than the rib problem that cost him a game in 2004. That time, he missed a home win over Baltimore, then came back but was not effective in a road loss at Pittsburgh, carrying 6 times for 17 yards and catching 3 passes for 4 yards. He seemed back to normal the week after that, in a victory over the Redskins.