Eagles' Reid: 'We'll take care of' backfield rotation

From The Star-Ledger:

PHILADELPHIA — In the aftermath of a shutout loss Sunday, running back Brian Westbrook addressed his youthful Eagles teammates. He spoke to the group, he would explain later, to remind them of the gravity of their playoff prospects.

“I’m one of the older guys on the team,” Westbrook explained on Tuesday. “And it needed to be said that we didn’t play our football game this past week. We didn’t do what we set out to do, and play hard and play physical and play strong for the whole game. We didn’t do that.

“At some point, your leaders have to step up and say things.”

Westbrook understands the magnitude of this moment. He is on the wrong side of 30 and trying to squeeze some juice out of a body battered by injuries this year.

You can see it with each ginger step he takes through the locker room here at the NovaCare Complex. You can read it on the team’s injury reports, which list the two concussions he suffered this season and his myriad leg problems.

Concern about Westbrook’s role fits the tense mood here as the Eagles prepare for a first-round playoff game against Dallas in Cowboys Stadium on Saturday night. Westbrook acts as a potential monkey wrench in the team’s established running back rotation.

“Hopefully, I can help out here and there,” Westbrook said. “Whatever situations Coach gives me.”


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