Westbrook Needs a 2nd Back to Run With

From: Philadelphia Daily News

Brian Westbrook will turn 30 by the time the Eagles play their next meaningful game. The knee that bothered him most of this season and contributed to him having career lows in rushing average (4.0) and receiving average (7.4) will improve, either through rest or surgery. But if you’re looking for him to again be the workhorse running back he was in 2007, when he led the league in yards from scrimmage, when he averaged nearly 25 touches a game, well, that’s probably not going to happen. A running back’s knees have a much shorter life expectancy than other positions. And they have an even shorter one if you’re a guy like Westbrook, who twice suffered serious knee injuries before he even got to the NFL.

“He has a knee that bothers him and we knew that when he came here as a rookie,” Eagles coach Andy Reid said a couple of weeks back. “With age and time and games played, you have to manage that the right way.” Managing it the right way means no more 300-plus touch seasons. Managing it the right way means going out and getting another back who can come in and split the workload down the middle with Westbrook

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