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Westbrook: Knee feels good

Brian Westbrook did not participate in any of the Eagles' preseason games, but he looked strong and healthy in today's win over the Panthers.

Westbrook: Knee feels good

Brian Westbrook did not participate in any of the Eagles' preseason games, but he looked strong and healthy in today's win over the Panthers.

Westbrook, who turned 30 earlier this month, carried 13 times for 64 yards. He also caught three balls for 8 yards and a touchdown.

"My knee feels good," he said after the game. "I'm not concerned about it at all."

Westbrook had been added to the injury report on Thursday and left practice early on Friday, but he said his knee and ankle feel good.

"I felt fresher," he said. "Still working on some things, trying to get a little bit better. Still have some things to work on. Missed a couple reads here and there but for the most part felt pretty good."

During one drive in the second quarter, he looked like vintage No. 36. Westbrook put together carries of 17 and 16 yards respectively, before taking a shovel pass to the end zone to give the Eagles a 31-7 lead.

Overall, the Eagles had 32 runs and 29 passes, but seven of the runs were by quarterbacks. Rookie LeSean McCoy played well, carrying nine times for 46 yards, and Leonard Weaver made the most of his one opportunity, picking up 11 yards.

The Birds averaged 5.8 yards per carry, double the average of the Panthers, something that no one would have thought possible going into the game.

As for the offensive line, Jason Peters showed why the Eagles gave up a first-round pick for him on a couple run plays where he punished Carolina defenders.

Earlier we posted on Sean McDermott's outstanding debut.

Sheil Kapadia Philly.com
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