Eagles running back Brian Westbrook sprained his surgically repaired right ankle during the third quarter of the team's 48-22 loss to the New Orleans Saints yesterday. Westbrook then briefly returned to the game, but when the score got out of hand in the fourth quarter, rookie Lesean Mccoy replaced him.
Even if the game had been close, it's not clear that Westbrook would have been able to continue.
"It was just sore," Westbrook said. "I tried to put a little weight on it. Tried to be effective out there on the field. You don't want to go out there and hurt the team. As far as running, I wanted to make some cuts, and I just wasn't able to do it."
It was the second straight week that Westbrook did not play the entire game. Coach Andy Reid also rested him at Carolina after the Eagles built a big lead.
Westbrook said the injury was "definitely not" as serious as the problems he had near the end of last season. Asked if he would be back for Sunday's game against Kansas City, Westbrook said, "I hope so, yes."