Unless he bumps his head on an overhead bin during the flight to San Diego today, Eagles running back Brian Westbrook will play Sunday against the Chargers, Westbrook's first action since suffering a scary concussion Oct. 26 at Washington.
Eagles coach Andy Reid, asked how Westbrook was listed after Friday's practice, said: "Playing. Probable."
Will Westbrook carry a normal workload?
"He'll continue to rotate (with rookie LeSean McCoy) and we'll just see how he does," Reid said. "I'm not going to just throw him in for the whole game. LeSean has done a nice job when he's been called on, so that gives us some flexibility."
Westbrook declined to speak with reporters. He left the locker room wearing a large ice bag on his battle-scarred left knee, a usual precaution after two days of indoor practice, with a long flight looming. Apparently, the ankle swelling that bothered Westbrook last week has not returned.
Reid reported that left tackle Jason Peters did not practice today and is listed as "questionable" with an ankle sprain. Reid wanted to keep his options open, as to whether Todd Herremans would slide over from left guard, or Herremans would stay put and King Dunlap would play for Peters. It would seem to be a moot point, though, since Peters looked affronted when a reporter informed him he was "questionable."
"I'm playing," Peters said.
Reid said Quintin Demps (ankle) practiced for the first time this week and is on schedule to return kicks at San Diego. Demps, the Eagles' regular kick returner last season, will replace Ellis Hobbs, out for the season after suffering a neck injury last Sunday against Dallas.
On the San Diego side of things, linebacker Shawne Merriman missed his second consecutive day of practice with a sore foot and is listed as questionable. Linebacker Shaun Phillips (ankle) practiced for the first time this week and is also questionable, although he is expected to play. Tight end Antonio Gates (foot) and running back LaDainian Tomlinson (hip) both practiced and are listed as probable.
To see our earlier post comparing the two starting quarterbacks, click here.