Andy Reid and Rick Burkholder Provide a Brian Westbrook Injury Update

Leo PizziniAnalyst IJune 5, 2009

PHILADELPHIA - MAY 1: Running back Brian Westbrook #36 of the Philadelphia Eagles practices during mini camp at the NovaCare Complex on May 1, 2009 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Hunter Martin/Getty Images)

The Philadelphia Eagles front office has been minimizing Westbrook's ankle injury as a minor procedure that is of little or no concern.

Westbrook's agent offered a statement that the procedure is only being performed because he has time enough to heal before the season commences.

The overwhelming impression of Westbrook's situation in the locker room is a complete return to form.

The final estimation to full recovery is only discernible well after the procedure and into the rehabilitation process.  Worst case scenario is a need for a second clean out that may or may not be elective. 

Despite the positive expectations from the franchise and players, the Eagles will take nothing for granted as they prepare for 2009.

Today, the day of his surgery, the Eagles issued an official statement on PhiladelphiaEagles.com.

Athletic Trainer, Rick Burkholder said that the surgery was not able to be completed arthroscopically, but was still a minor procedure.  He expressly stated that it was an optional surgery that is of little concern.

The bone spurs were a secondary injury relating back to his ankle sprain in September of 2008.  Over time the spurs developed and caused scar tissue that was causing pain and swelling when Westbrook positioned himself on the balls of his feet.

Burkholder did not offer up any official return-time estimates, but stated that Westbrook was in the best shape of his career and he expects him to be primed for productivity in 2009.

Burkholder also commented on the resiliency and toughness of Westbrook as a factor that should expedite his return time.  He inferred a return to practice estimate to be sometime between training camp and the beginning of the season.

Regarding his cardiovascular conditioning, Burkholder minimzed concerns by offering the idea that following his minor off-season procedures, Westbrook will be in the best shape of his recent career.

Andy Reid also offered comments regarding his comfort level with the successful return of Westbrook.

He did not allude to any interest or initiatives in acquiring a veteran running back at this time, but admittingly recognized that there were some viable options and that more could emerge on the waiver wire as the team cuts begin.

Reid seemed genuinely optimistic regarding the abilities of Booker, McCoy and Weaver to play what roles are required of them despite expressing some concerns for their pass blocking.

Overall this is a good prognosis.  Westbrook is out of surgery and reportedly had no unexpected complications.

Looks like Westbrook will be ready to go in time for week one.


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