Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Report: Damaged knee could force Westbrook to retire

Injuries to Brian Westbrook's left knee could force the Eagles' running back into retirement this season, according to a report by Howard Eskin on NBC-10.

Report: Damaged knee could force Westbrook to retire

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Brian Westbrook´s damaged left knee could force him to retire, according to a report. ( David Maialetti / Staff Photographer )
Brian Westbrook's damaged left knee could force him to retire, according to a report. ( David Maialetti / Staff Photographer )

Injuries to Brian Westbrook's left knee could force the Eagles' running back into retirement this season, according to a report by Howard Eskin on NBC-10.

As Eskin understands it, Westbrook's career as an Eagle is "definitely" over, and it's unlikely that he'll play again anywhere if he listens to doctors over the next few weeks.

Westbrook had just one touch and no carries in the Eagles' playoff loss to the Cowboys on Jan. 9. Per the report, the reason he wasn't involved much was that his knee was in such bad shape. Eskin went as far as to say Westbrook would not be able to pass a physical if he tried to catch on with another team.

Last week, I detailed how much Westbrook played in that game, as compared to Leonard Weaver and LeSean McCoy.

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Westbrook played in eight games last season, carrying 61 times for 274 yards. He also suffered two concussions. It's important to note that Eskin is reporting that the knee, not the concussions, would be the factor that could force retirement.

I was not watching Sports Final last night, but the folks at NBC 10 were nice enough to post the segment online.


Earlier, we posted about Keith Brooking's short memory in criticizing the Vikings for running up the score yesterday.

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