Wednesday roundup: Westbrook expects to play

Brian Westbrook was among the long list of Philadelphia Eagles starters who missed practice on Wednesday. Westbrook suffered a strained ankle in last week’s win over Pittsburgh, but expects to play Sunday against the Bears even though his status is officially in doubt.

“I’m optimistic about getting out there and being able to play,” Westbrook said Wednesday. “I’ve been rehabbing pretty hard, pretty aggressively. I’m doing basically everything I can to be able to get out there on the field.”

Westbrook joined fellow starters QB Donovan McNabb (chest) and G Shawn Andrews (back) in sitting out Wednesday’s practice. Starting tight end L.J. Smith (back) also skipped practice, as did reserve running back Tony Hunt (concussion). McNabb and Westbrook likely won’t practice the rest of the week.

Another starter, WR Kevin Curtis, was limited in practice on Wednesday after missing much of the preseason and the Eagles’ first three games with a hernia injury.

  • Bears rookie LT Chris Williams practiced Wednesday on a limited basis for the first time since having surgery to repair a herniated disk in his lower back in August. Williams, the 14th overall pick, was expected to start this season before leaving the team’s second practice of training camp with back stiffness. “It’s extremely important to get back in pads and start working again,” he sai
  • Panthers starting LG Travelle Wharton practiced on a limited basis Wednesday for the first time since spraining his right knee more than two weeks ago in the season opener. Tthe Panthers are hopeful Wharton will return and replace backup Geoff Hangartner this week against Atlanta. “It is a big boost,” QB Jake Delhomme said of Wharton, who signed a six-year, $36 million deal. “It’s evident by what we signed him to in the offseason. He’s a very steady player and a very solid football player.”
  • Bills coach Dick Jauron announced Wednesday that WR/KR Roscoe Parrish had thumb surgery on Tuesday and is expected to miss four to six weeks. “Roscoe we anticipate will be out for a good while,” Jauron told Buffalobills.com. “We’re hoping four to six weeks in that range. That obviously sets us back a little bit. But it’s probably as good as the news could be when we first heard about the injury.”
  • The Patriots scheduled a news conference for Thursday morning with Troy Brown for an “important announcement,” where it’s expected the former New England wide receiver will announce his retirement. Team owner Robert Kraft and coach Bill Belichick and the full complement of wide receivers on the roster are expected to be in attendence.
  • The Saints released QB Joey Harrington on Wednesday, just five days after he was signed to serve as the third-string quarterback behind Mark Brunell and starter Drew Brees.
  • With Al Harris sidelined by what coach Mike McCarthy described as a “serious” spleen injury, Packers third-year CB Tramon Williams will start opposite Charles Woodson.
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