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Reid: Westbrook has concussion

Eagles coach Andy Reid confirmed tonight that running back Brian Westbrook suffered a concussion during a 27-17 victory over the Washington Redskins in Landover, Md.

Reid: Westbrook has concussion

Eagles coach Andy Reid confirmed tonight that running back Brian Westbrook suffered a concussion during a 27-17 victory over the Washington Redskins in Landover, Md.

Westbrook left the game at the end of the first quarter after his helmet collided with the knee of Redskins linebacker London Fletcher. Westbrook did not return to the game.

"We saw the knee hit the head," Reid said at his postgame news conference. "I think he's going to be all right. DeSean [Jackson] has a foot sprain. He's going to be all right. He came back and played.

"We have to see how Westbrook does with the concussion. He's feeling pretty good right now. ... I know he was looking forward to this game here, what we had planned for him,” Reid said of Westbrook, whose brother Byron is a cornerback for the Redskins.

Reid expressed confidence in rookie running back LeSean McCoy, if Westbrook can’t play Sunday against the Giants.

Reid was asked the Eagles' consistency on offense. “I’m trying to feel like we won a game,” Reid said. “Twenty-seven points. I don’t think that’s a bad night. Should we have scored more points? Aboslutely. Should we have played better? Absolutely. But I’m going to enjoy this one.”

Eagles linebacker Will Witherspoon, who was acquired in a trade with St. Louis just last week, said he felt comfortable with his new team. “It’s going to be better next week and better after that,” said Witherspoon, who returned an interception 9 yards for a touchdown to give the Eagles a 14-0 lead. “It’s great to get a ‘W’ again.”

Witherspoon talked about his defensive teammates. “They’re great. We want to bring a presence. We want to put pressure on you. We’re going to be ready to play.”

Witherspoon came to the Eagles from the 0-7 Rams. “Getting a win is a great start,” he said. “Getting back out here is only going to make it better. For me, it’s like starting the season over again. I have to make sure I have to do exactly what has to be done.”

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