Eagles HC Reid still carefull with RB Westbrook

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Eagles HC Reid said yesterday that RB Brian Westbrook (ankle) "has a little bit of swelling in it. It's the same ankle that he had surgery on. We'll just see how he does here in the next couple of days."

Reid said Westbrook will not get an MRI on the ankle, which needed surgery for removal of bone fragments in June, after Westbrook experienced lingering discomfort from last season. Even if this turns out not to be a serious setback, fans have to wonder - Westbrook was held out of the entire preseason to keep him healthy, he left the opener early because it was a blowout win and Reid wanted to be careful with him, yet less than 20 touches into the next game, Westbrook was hobbled.

"He should be able to work through these, and then get himself right, where he can make it through the whole game," Reid said. The Eagles' coach added that he won't change his offensive plans if Westbrook can't play Sunday against KC.

"Whether he's 100 percent or not, we continue to do what we do. He gave us some productive yards [Sunday] and I thought at times looked very good, so we'll just keep bringing him along," Reid said.

"He hasn't played much in games, and everything is obviously a little faster in games . . . He's going through that process [of working his way back] right now. It's just important that he keeps working through it. I know that he's working like crazy with the trainers. He gets frustrated a little bit because he wants to be out there every snap. But that's just not the way it's going to work here right now. So he just has to gradually get himself back in there going."

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