Sunday, February 14, 2016


Eagles running back Brian Westbrook will play today against the Washington Redskins.



Eagles running back Brian Westbrook will play today against the Washington Redskins.

The question is how much?

Westbrook, two weeks removed from suffering a strained right ankle, has dressed for games before after suffering injuries without getting on the field too often.

The most recent example was in 2004 when he returned from a rib fracture against the Steelers and had just nine touches for 21 yards.

A year earlier, he returned from a high ankle sprain against the Packers in Green Bay and touched the ball five times for one yard.

Even if Westbrook is used as a decoy, he still has the ability to open things up for other players. It's also important to note that the Eagles are 5-6 when Westbrook doesn't play since 2003, so his presence means a lot.

The Eagles should be able to throw the football with success today because the Redskins will be without cornerback Shawn Springs, who has a strained calf. As expected, veteran defensive end Jason Taylor (ankle) will also be out today. Washington linebacker Marcus Washington also will be sidelined today because of a pulled hamstring.

THE PICK: Eagles 27, Redskins 21

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