BETHLEHEM, Pa. -- Brian Westbrook made his first public appearance of training camp. The injured running back is rehabbing with trainer Rick Burkholder this afternoon as the rest of the reporting players work on special teams.
Westbrook, who is unable to practice as he recovers from off-season surgery, worked out on the field adjacent to where regular practice was being held. He ran gingerly as Burkholder led him through various exercises. He also did a varying number of stretches -- the kind you would expect an athlete that was recovering from ankle surgery to do. Later in his workout, Westbrook ran sprints alongside his trainer. I'd say he looks good, but who really knows?
Westbrook had bone spurs removed from his right ankle in June. Coach Andy Reid said yesterday that he expects his starting RB to return to practice by the middle of August. Still, there are many variables that could keep the oft-injured Westbrook away longer.
Until he returns, rookie LeSean McCoy is expected to garner the bulk of first-team reps. The running back out of Pittsburgh said that he isn't worried about the additional workload.
“Westbrook is Westbrook,” McCoy said. “I’m sure I was going to take more reps anyway. He’s our guy. He’s our leader. ... He’s a veteran, by far one of the top backs in the league ... I don’t think so. I’m going to be learning the same with or without him.”
UPDATE: Donovan McNabb was excused from afternoon practice for personal reasons. The quarterback is expected to return for tomorrow morning's session.