In a shocking development, Eagles coach Andy Reid was asked about running the football 41 times during Sunday's 20-14 win over the New York Giants.

"Some of it was dictated by the weather conditions," Reid said. "You weren't going to be very successful throwing the football in that weather."

In another shocking development, Daily News beat writer Les Bowen asked a smart-aleck question: "So should the fans who want the head coach to run more cheer for high winds every week?"

"I think the fans really want to win," Reid said. "They don't really care if we throw it or run it, they want to see Ws."

Brian Westbrook got the majority of the work at running back with a career-high 33 carries and Reid said he felt he came out feeling OK.

"I thought it was important for this game that he touch the ball," Reid said. "I thought the matchups were good. I thought it was important we get the run game going. There were a couple of times we tried to get him out of there and he wasn't up for that."

Reid said the key for Westbrook will be how his knee reacts to the pounding of Sunday.

"It didn't look like his ankle bothered him," Reid said. "Obviously this was a physical football and guys are sore, but we have an extra day to recover."

INJURY UPDATE. Reid said cornerback Asante Samuel suffered a sprained ankle against the Giants, but the coach did not think the injury was serious.

Wide receiver Kevin Curtis suffered a concussion in the game, but Reid did not rule out that he might be able to return to practice by Thursday. Tight end L.J. Smith suffered a bruised knee. Running back Correll Buckhalter, out the last two games with a sprained knee ligament, is expected to be back when the Eagles play the Cleveland Browns in a Monday night game.