Reid still confident with Akers

Eagles coach Andy Reid vowed that he still has confidence in kicker David Akers during his news conference today.

"I do," the coach said the day after his team's 24-20 loss to the Chicago Bears. "He needs to make those kicks, but I do (have confidence in Akers)."

The Eagles' veteran kicker missed wide right on a 50-yard field goal and hit the right upright on a 47-yarder in the third quarter. Had he made one of the two, the Eagles would have only needed a field goal to win the game when they were stopped near the goal line in the fourth quarter.

"The wind was blowing toward our bench," Reid said. "Where he was aiming was closer to the right side of the goal post. That's where he aimed and the wind didn't blow it back."

Reid said the two misses were more a case of miscalculating the wind than Akers' leg strength.

"I think the leg strength is still there," the coach said. "You can see it on his kickoffs."

INJURY NEWS. Reid said he wasn't certain if running back Brian Westbrook (strained right ankle) would be able to return to practice Wednesday when the team starts preparing for Sunday's game against the Washington Redskins.

"If he had to practice today, he wouldn't be able to do it," Reid said. "As far as how he feels, he feels better (than last week)."

Westbrook went through warmups before Sunday night's game, but he wasn't able to play.

Reid also said that Pro Bowl guard  Shawn Andrews' back issue is not improving.

"He's going to see (a specialist) this week," Reid said. "We have to find a way to get it better. The doctors are optimistic about it."

Reid said surgery is not an option for Andrews right now.

The coach said that tight end L.J. Smith's sore back was improving.