Eagles coach Andy Reid and head trainer Rick Burkholder just finished a news conference updating the status of RB Brian Westbrook, who underwent ankle surgery Friday morning, a procedure they considered “a success.”
Westbrook had two bone fragments and some scar tissue removed from his right ankle in a procedure done by Dr. Mark Myerson in Baltimore. The main culprit for Westbrook’s current discomfort, according to Burkholder, was Wesbrook’s ankle injury last September. Burkholder said one of the fragments was a direct result of that high ankle sprain.
“If you ask me whether I’m worried about this injury and his two injuries, I’m not,” said Burkholder. “I’m not concerned in the least about these injuries. I think it’s something we had an option to do or not do, and we decided to do it, and now we’re going forward and he’s going to be in really good shape come [the] season.”
Westbrook won’t be able to put weight on his leg for two weeks as he recovers, and will be considered week-to-week after that point. Burkholder, who took all of the questions regarding Westbrook as Reid sat next to him, said the team didn’t have a timetable for Westbrook to return. He may or may not be back for the start of training camp, but they were comfortable that Westbrook would be back by the beginning of the season.
“I think he’s tough as nails,” Burkholder said. “He’s one of the toughest guys I’ve ever worked with, I know that.”
The Eagles also had an injury scare on Friday when rookie RB LeSean McCoy fell during practice and suffered a sprained thumb. The X-rays on the injury were negative, and he’s expected to return to practice next week.