Brian Westbrook to Have Second Offseason Surgery

Jun 4, 2009

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ESPN’s Sal Paolantonio and John Clayton are reporting that Brian Westbrook will have his ankle scoped.  There are varying reports of the recovery time, but it should not keep him out of any preseason action.  It will be Westy’s second procedure this offseason as he had knee surgery a couple months ago. 

The wear an tear of being a smaller RB has been taking its toll on Westbrook.  He will turn 30 right before the season kicks off, which is typically the beginning of the end for RBs.  Westbrook has 1247 carries for 5721 yards and 401 receptions for 3609 yards.  Additionally he has 39 punt returns for 498 yards and 23 kick returns for 487 yards.  Westbrook has 66 (36 rushing, 28 receiving, 2 punt return) career TDs.

When he’s healthy he’s one of the best RBs in the league.  I would have a hard time picking him in the first round of a fantasy draft though, especially with the addition of LeSean McCoy.  I’d prefer to let him be someone else’s problem to worry about.

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3 Responses so far | Have Your Say!

  1. Car Lumbar Cushion
    June 4th, 2009 at 9:00 am #

    This is great info for us all. Glad you posted this. I am subscribing to this blog.

  2. David Funk
    June 4th, 2009 at 1:17 pm #

    I agree that his small stature as a running back has taken its toll on him. Picking up McCoy will hopefully help him out being that the Eagles have had a recent history of running backs not being able to stay on the field without being hurt for a period of time.

    And I also agree that it will be tough for teams to gamble too high on him in fantasy drafts, too.

  3. LestersLegends
    June 4th, 2009 at 1:23 pm #

    Hopefully he bounces back just fine.

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