Philadelphia Eagles Bye Week Questions: Injuries

LVCorrespondent IOctober 2, 2009

CHARLOTTE, NC - SEPTEMBER 13:  Running back Brian Westbrook #36 of the Philadelphia Eagles rushes with the ball during the NFL season opener against the Carolina Panthers at Bank of America Stadium on September 13, 2009 in Charlotte, North Carolina.  (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
With the 2009 NFL season almost a quarter of the way complete and the Eagles on a much-needed bye week, I thought it is a good time to look at the five biggest questions facing Andy Reid’s squad.

The good thing right now is that the Eagles are 2-1 with very winnable games coming up after their bye against the Tampa Bay Bucs. Oakland Raiders, and Washington Redskins—combined record of 2-7 entering Week Four.

Will the Eagles—namely RB Brian Westbrook (ankle), WR Kevin Curtis (knee/groin), and QB Donovan McNabb (fractured rib)—be healthy entering Week 5?

Every team in the NFL has to deal with injuries this time of year and the Eagles are no different.  The difference I see with the Eagles this year is that they do have some depth behind their front-line starters.

RB LeSean McCoy (now sharing starter’s carries with Westbrook), QB Kevin Kolb (granted it was a blowout loss to the Saints and a mauling of the hapless Chiefs, but the former second round draft pick looked good throwing for over 300 yards in both games), and their young receiving corps (Jackson, Maclin, and Avant have picked up the slack for the banged-up Curtis). 

However despite how well the youngsters have performed, the veterans especially McNabb and Westbrook have to return and make an impact before key divisional games against the Giants (November 1) and Cowboys (November 8).  Other players expected to return from injuries are OG Todd Herramins (foot) and Safety Quintin Demps (hamstring).