Thursday, December 25, 2014

Westbrook out for Giants game; wearing new helmet

Eagles running back Brian Westbrook has been ruled out for Sunday's big game at the Giants, coach Andy Reid said today. Westbrook is still recovering from a second concussion he suffered last month and will be re-evaluated next week, Reid said.

Westbrook out for Giants game; wearing new helmet

Brian Westbrook is wearing a new helmet with more padding during practice. (Sarah J. Glover / Staff Photographer)
Brian Westbrook is wearing a new helmet with more padding during practice. (Sarah J. Glover / Staff Photographer)

Eagles running back Brian Westbrook has been ruled out for Sunday's big game at the Giants, coach Andy Reid said today. Westbrook is still recovering from a second concussion he suffered last month and will be re-evaluated next week, Reid said.

Westbrook did practice all week, but it was with the scout team. He is wearing a new helmet, Reid said, one with more padding. Asked if there were any significant differences between the new helmet and the old, Westbrook said, "It's a lot bigger."

Jeremy Maclin, meanwhile, returned to practice after missing the previous two with plantar fasciitis. The wide receiver is listed as questionable but Reid said he is expected to play. Kevin Curtis is also listed as questionable. The wide receiver has missed the last 10 games and had arthroscopic knee surgery in October. Reid said Maclin's condition had nothing to do with Curtis' upgraded status. Still, Curtis will travel with the team and would be there just in case Maclin's foot flared up or if DeSean Jackson (concussion) had another headache.

Reid also deemed linebacker Akeem Jordan (knee) fit to play.

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Despite Westbrook's being out, the team was able to practice every available player today. Reid said it was the first time that has happened in quite some time. My guess is it's the first time it's happened all season.

 

Jeff McLane Inquirer Staff Writer
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