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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