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Westbrook’s Has Strained Ab, Status for Sunday Up in the Air

Coming off their must-win against the Lions, the Eagles may have to take on the Giants Sunday night without one of their biggest offensive weapons.  Running back Brian Westbrook’s status for Sunday is uncertain after he strained an ab muscle in Sunday’s win over Detroit.  Head coach Andy Reid said Monday that if Westbrook can go or not won’t be known till later in the week.

“We’ll know better in the next day or two,” Reid said. “[The injury] was from a move he made, kind of a freak thing, and it just popped on him. We’ll see how it goes. If he can practice, he’ll practice; if he can’t he won’t.”

He did have X-rays on his ribs, but those were negative.  Westrbook went off Sunday vs the Lions, gaining a career-high 221 total yards in the win.  Last week he didn’t practice till Friday as he was suffering from a bruised right knee.  “He’s a tough little guy and he plays with a lot of heart, so he doesn’t surprise me at all,” Correll Buckhalter said.

As far as other hurts go: defensive tackle William Thomas suffered a sprained knee ligament, backup linebacker Stewart Bradley had surgery Monday on his hand for a broken bone.  Brian Dawkins (neck spasm), cornerback Lito Sheppard (knee), and tight end L.J. Smith (groin) will all continue to be watched during the week to see if they can play of not vs New York. 

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