Sunday, July 5, 2015


Brian Westbrook was a full participant in Eagles practice today, but his status remained questionable for Sunday's game against the Washington Redskins because of his strained right ankle.



Brian Westbrook was a full participant in Eagles practice today, but his status remained questionable for Sunday's game against the Washington Redskins because of his strained right ankle.

Coach Andy Reid did not offer much information about whether Westbrook will play. Asked if his questionable status was less questionable than a week ago because he partcipated in practice this week, Reid said, "Well, he's questionable."

"He was able to get through everything and it looked like he did it well," Reid said. "We'll just see how he feels later today and tomorrow and, most important, we'll see how he feels on Sunday."

Like a week ago, it appears as if Westbrook's test run before the game will determine whether he plays or not. Westbrook said on his 950 ESPN radio show Monday that he was unable to cut the way he needed to before the game against the Chicago Bears.

Reid did not give an enthusiastic answer when asked if Westbrook was cutting any better this week.

"He's been doing OK," the coach said. "He's been doing all right."

The coach was also non-commital about how much reserve running back Correll Buckhalter would play if Westbrook does return against the Redskins.

"We'll see how it goes," Reid said. "I'm not going to say yay or nay on that. We'll see how it works out."

Buckhalter has had 17 career games in which he has carried the ball 10 times or more and in those games he has rushed 252 for 1,221 yards, a 4.8-yard average. He also has eight rushing and two receiving touchdowns in those games.

ANDREWS UPDATE. Guard Shawn Andrews will miss his third straight game with a lower back injury after seeing a specialist earlier this week. Max Jean-Gilles will start again.

"They say he has some tenderness in there and some inflammation," Reid said. "That's what is causing the pain. It's a day-to-day thing. Some days it feels better than others, but it's not quite back to where it needs to be. He's had a disk problem back there. The disk is bothering him, but it's also causing spasms."

Andrews said he is hoping to return to practice Wednesday.

"It's very frustrating every day trying to get better," Andrews said. "Some days I may take a step forward, some days I kind of take a step back."

In other injury news, quarterback Donovan McNabb (chest contusion) is listed as probable with a chest contusion and looked fine in practice. Safety Quintin Demps (knee), defensive end Darren Howard (abdomen) and defensive tackle Dan Klecko (hand) are also listed as probable. Tight end L.J. Smith (back) is listed as questionable, but was a full participant in practice and it appears as if he will play.

Kevin Curtis, who is recovering from sports hernia surgery, and defensive end Victor Abiamiri (wrist) continued to work with the offensive and defensive scout teams today, but neither is expected to return against the Redskins.

The Redskins also go into the game with some injury issues. Cornerback Shawn Springs (strained calf muscle) and defensive end Jason Taylor (surgery to drain blood from his ankle) are both expected to be out for the 3-1 Redskins.


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