Brian Westbrook Has Minor Surgery to Clean Out Bone Spurs in Right Ankle

Anthony HammettCorrespondent IJune 4, 2009

GLENDALE, AZ - JANUARY 18:  Running back Brian Westbrook #36 of the Philadelphia Eagles is tackled by linebacker Gerald Hayes #54 of the Arizona Cardinals during the NFC championship game on January 18, 2009 at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona.  (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)

The Philadelphia Eagles' Pro Bowl running back went under the knife in a minor procedure to clean out bone spurs in his right ankle.

The surgery should heal quickly and not affect Westbrook returning to the Eagles' before the preseason begins.

The Eagles let Correll Buckhalter go in the offseason to the Denver Broncos. They drafted LeSean McCoy to be his replacement from the University of Pittsburgh.

However, someone on their roster who rarely saw the field last season is opening eyes in training camp.

Lorenzo Booker has been playing with the first team offense and having success. There is a big difference in success in practice and success in a game.

However, this can only be promising news for a team which is currently without its all-time leader in yards from scrimmage in Westbrook.

The Eagles are hoping rookies like McCoy and first-round selection Jeremy Maclin can come in and fit in with the rest of the young players they have on their offense and make big plays to help Donovan McNabb.

It is well documented that McNabb has usually been the most talented player on his offense. The receivers he usually has to throw to are below average when compared to other receiving corps in the NFL.

If you don't believe me, just have a look. Todd Pinkston, Freddie Mitchell, James Thrash, Kevin Curtis, Greg Lewis, Jabar Gaffney.

Donte Stallworth had one big season and Terrell Owens had a nice career in Philadelphia, outside of the controversy.

But McNabb continues to play like a pro bowler. He makes the players around him better and it is time the players on his roster take that next step to make the offense consistent.


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