From what Eagles HC Andy Reid seemed to be saying yesterday, we probably can expect a limited role for Westbrook on Sunday, assuming he receives the expected clearance and navigates the week of practice with no further concussion problems.
Reid was asked several questions yesterday about fitting Westbrook back into the mix. The Nov. 15 game at San Diego, which Westbrook left when he suffered his second concussion, is his only game action since the first concussion, Oct. 26 at Washington.
"My feeling, when you have great players, is that helps you a little bit more," Reid observed. "We're not going to get worse with Brian Westbrook coming back. He adds to that flexibility."
Asked if fitting Westbrook into a diverse, well-functioning offense would be a challenge, Reid allowed that it would.
"That's a good challenge to have, though. We can do that," Reid said.
"I think he'll be pretty fresh. He'll have fresh legs out there. Obviously he's not going to play the whole game. [We will] make sure we keep track of how many plays he plays, if it comes down to that."
Brian Westbrook was just getting sharp, coming back from his extended ankle problems, when the concussion saga began. It's a lot to expect that he will look like the 2007 Westbrook this week, but if he stays healthy, it might not be too much to expect that he could add a lethal counterpunch for the playoffs.