Westbrook plays the other football

Brian Westbrook's  second day of on-the-field rehab work here at Lehigh University consisted of a football game.

It just wasn't the kind of football that has made Westbrook an NFL star. In fact, the Eagles' running back looked quite uncomfortable when team trainer Rick Burkholder introduced him to a soccer ball during this afternoon's rehab workout.

Burkholder, a former soccer player at the University of Pittsburgh, put Westbrook through several different soccer-related drills that require the kinds of foot skills that seem foreign to someone who has never played the game. Eventually, the two men even played a one-on-one soccer game with two cones about 10 yards apart serving as the goals.

To his credit, Westbrook held his own in the one-on-one game after looking awkward in some of the earlier drills. More important, Westbrook's surgically repaired right ankle looked strong during the drills.

"I did it to bring him back to my level because he killed me in all the drills we did yesterday," Burkholder said.

Actually, the trainer had a much better reason for introducing Westbrook to soccer.

"They are great drills because they get him to use his ankle," Burkholder said.