Today's ankle surgery is only one reason to worry that Eagles RB Brian Westbrook may not be Westbrook anymore. His earlier knee surgery is another. But perhaps the most alarming sign was the season that preceded this off-season of repair jobs. In 2008, Westbrook was not nearly the explosive, game-changing player he had become over the previous four seasons. He just wasn't. The hope was that surgery would ease the swelling and pain in his knee and return him to form. That hope took a major hit with news that Westbrook now needs ankle surgery. The issue isn't whether Westbrook can rehab from ankle surgery in three months - surely he can - but whether the accumulation of injuries will ever allow him to be the weapon he was from 2004 to 2007. The Eagles have to proceed now as if he won't be.
Westbrook knee problems
Filed Under: 2010, Preseason