UDPATED: The Eagles have confirmed that Brian Westbrook will have surgery on his right ankle on Friday in Baltimore. In a statement released at about 10 p.m., the Eagles termed the procedure a "debridement" of the ankle. Surgery will be performed by Dr. Mark Myerson.
ESPN.com quoted Todd France, agent for Eagles running back Brian Westbrook, as saying Westbrook will have surgery for "bone spurs" in his right ankle. France characterized the procedure as minor, and said it was unrelated to the high ankle sprain Westbrook suffered in Week 3 last season.
Earlier, Comcast SportsNet alluded to Westbrook having a high ankle sprain that could require surgery. An Eagles spokesman said he could not confirm or deny that report.
The spokesman said the team is "still evaluating" Westbrook's ankle and hopes to have a report soon. Westbrook saw Dr. Mark Myerson at Baltimore's Mercy Medical Center yesterday. Myerson treated Westbrook's season-ending foot injury in 2005. Neither Westbrook nor Myerson could be reached for comment.
Westbrook said late last season that his ankle was fine, that knee swelling and soreness was his only problem. Westbrook underwent what he called a cleanout of the knee following the season.
When Westbrook did not take the field Tuesday for the opening of a full-squad minicamp, Eagles coach Andy Reid said he'd complained last week of ankle soreness to team head athletic trainer Rick Burkholder. The Eagles offered no update at Wednesday's workout, other than to state that Westbrook was seeing a doctor. Offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg said he had no reason to think Westbrook's ankle was anything serious.
"We talked about it when he was at the doctor's office and went through the options and decided it was better to clean it up," France told ESPN. "The ankle has been bothering him since last year."
France also told ESPN that Westbrook probably would not have surgery if this were the regular season. Westbrook turns 30 Sept. 2.
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