Running Out the Clock: How Much Time Does Brian Westbrook Have Left?

Jamie BrownCorrespondent IJuly 16, 2009

PHILADELPHIA - DECEMBER 30:  Brian Westbrook #36 of the Philadelphia Eagles waves to the crowd as he runs off the field after defeating the Buffalo Bills on December 30, 2007 at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.   (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

2003: Tricep

2005: Foot

2008: Rib/Ankle

2009: Ankle



Over history there have seemed to be many plagues.

Black plague, bubonic plague, pneumonic plague...

But the plagues that seem to stand out now are injuries to professional athletes.

Brian Westbrook is no amateur when it comes to football—he's been playing since 2002. He also, however, is no amateur to injuries.

He's had four potential season-enders in seven years.

So, how much longer can this man's body stay on the field for taking (mostly evading) hits?

My prediction: not very long.

It is a well-known fact running backs seem to dwindle around the age 30 (Westbrook is 30 in September), and time seems to be running low for this star back.

He has consistently put up numbers and been the backbone for his offense since he became an Eagle. He also has made trouble for defenses as he is a solid receiver as well.

What does all this mean? Well, he's been working hard.

Westbrook seems to be on the verge of suffering a (god forbid) career-ending foot injury after what his surgeon told the press. He won't be in training camp?

It is doubtful, and this scares me. Westbrook injured before even the first week of the preseason leaves me to think, "When will it happen again?"

If he doesn't care for it properly, he could fall victim to the same injury again halfway through the season, leaving the ball in the hands of LeSean McCoy.

So, how long will he have left after this season?

In all honesty, I find Westbrook to be an amazing player, but every dog has his day, and Westbrook's could be anytime.

We need to look at this seriously. He has been a staple in the Eagles offense and he will continue to be, but one wrong step, twist, or turn, and he will be going down.

If he doesn't suffer a huge injury, he should be able to be a starter for another three to four years, but without this luck he may fall victim to a 2010 departure.

When he does finally hang up his helmet, he will become legendary.