Fantasy spin: Westbrook has ankle surgery

RB Brian Westbrook's ankle surgery was successful and should be ready for the 2009 season. (Hunter Martin / Getty Images)

RB Brian Westbrook is expected to be ready for the start of the 2009 season. (Hunter Martin / Getty Images)

The Eagles website is reporting that Brian Westbrook’s ankle surgery was ‘a success’. He’s expected to be fine in time for the start of the 2009 regular season.

“I am not concerned about this injury,” head athletic trainer Rick Burkholder told the site. “We feel pretty comfortable that he will be ready for the start of the regular season. I think he’s going to come back in better shape. I think he’s going to come back in the best shape of his life.”

While this new is encouraging, it doesn’t change the fact that Westbrook’s age (he’ll be 30 in September) and list of injuries will make him a risk-reward option in fantasy drafts.

Remember, he is also coming off arthroscopic knee surgery.

Rookie LeSean McCoy and Lorenzo Booker will share time with the first-team offense in workouts. McCoy injured his thumb in Friday’s practice, but he’s expected to be fine.

Coach Andy Reid will give the rookie a chance to prove he can help replace Westbrook, but his struggles with picking up the blitz could limit his time on the field.

Still, the former Pitt Panther remains the favorite to back up Westbrook and is worth a middle-round pick as insurance for owners who draft the versatile veteran.

The question, then, is when (or if) taking Westbrook is a recommended course of action.

On the positive side Westbrook is always in great shape and has proven that he doesn’t need much practice time to perform on the field. Still, he’s no longer a lock to come off the board in the first round of drafts despite his past statistical success.

Instead, there will be a point (likely in the second round) that passing on Westbrook will be difficult.

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