Westbrook surgery; thoughts on Dawkins' departure

"It's getting better all the time," Brian Westbrook said after having knee surgery. (Ron Cortes/Staff file photo)

This Eagles blog is up and operating again after a February hiatus. Sorry for the lengthy departure, but refueling was necessary.

It was reported by the Inquirer during the Super Bowl that Eagles running back Brian Westbrook might need surgery to repair the left knee that kept him from being 100 percent for much of the 2008 season. The Eagles still haven't announced it, but Westbrook confirmed that he has indeed had surgery during an interview Sunday at Disney World with the Orlando Sentinel's Chris Harry.

"It's getting better all the time," Westbrook told Harry.

Perhaps, but with Correll Buckhalter off to Denver, the Eagles would still be wise to bring in a trusted veteran to join Westbrook in their backfield next season. Sorry, Lorenzo Booker is not that trusted veteran. Derrick Ward of the New York Giants would be.

As for Dawkins' departure to Denver, it's certainly understandable that so many fans are upset about it. Dawkins was a terrific player with an unmatched passion for the city, the fans and the game. But he certainly isn't the first beloved Eagles player to leave and he won't be the last.

Another leader and another fan favorite will emerge and it might even be Quintin Demps. You never know.

It's important to remember that the NFL is a business and the Eagles have always been pretty good about letting veteran players go at just the right time.

Remember Hugh Douglas? Remember Troy Vincent? Remember Bobby Taylor? Remember Duce Staley?  Remember Jevon Kearse?

Did any of those 30-something players go on to do great things after leaving the Eagles?

Maybe Brian Dawkins will be the exception. He's a class guy, so here's hoping that's the case.

As for the idiotic suggestion that anyone is currying favor from the front office by offering educated opinions about Dawkins' departure, consider the Daily Snooze source: It's the same brilliant analyst who tried to convince people the Eagles made a monumental mistake before last season when they released Jerome McDougle and kept Darren Howard.

Who led the Eagles' in sacks again?