Pro Bowl voting takes place this week, and

Brian Westbrook,

inexplicably snubbed a year ago, is looking forward to being selected this time.

"It's important that you be recognized for your accomplishments, and other things that you do on the field, by your peers," Westbrook said.

The Eagles' versatile running back, whose practice time was limited yesterday because of his sore knee, is having a spectacular season.

He leads the NFL in yards from scrimmage with 1,752, first downs with 87, and catches by a running back with 74. He is fourth in rushing yards with 1,110 and sixth in scoring among non-kickers with 72 points.

"To be honest with you," he said, "I haven't really looked at the numbers at all. . . . Really, the only chance I get to compare the numbers is when we do the voting."

Red-faced in red zone

Donovan McNabb,

criticized often for holding the ball too long, acknowledged that the red-zone sack he took in the third quarter against the Giants last week was a mistake.

It came on a first-down play after Mike Patterson's fumble recovery had given the Eagles the ball on New York's 8. They settled for a 29-yard David Akers field goal.

"That's a situation where you have to score [a touchdown]," McNabb said. "And in that situation, we didn't. We had some mistakes and miscues, and I probably should have thrown the ball away instead of taking the sack."

Hunt's shortcoming

Tony Hunt

might see more playing time against the Cowboys on Sunday, since

Correll Buckhalter

is ailing with the aftereffects of a concussion suffered Sunday.

Coach Andy Reid said the little-used rookie from Penn State needed work in one particular area.

"The blitz game," Reid said, referring to blocking blitzing defenders. "That's where most young running backs struggle in this league for the first year or two."

Extra points

The Eagles signed offensive tackle

Ramiro Pruneda

to their practice squad. The 6-foot-3, 317 pounder was in training camp with Cologne of NFL Europe in 2006. He is a 24-year-old from Monterrey Tech in Mexico, and was released by the Chiefs before training camp this year. . . .

Reggie Brown

(knee),

Jon Runyan

(knee),

Correll Buckhalter

(concussion),

Brian Dawkins

(back) and

L.J. Smith

(ribs and knee) did not practice. . . . Andy Reid was asked whether it bothered him to see the Cowboys win the NFC East title, which has belonged to the Eagles throughout much of his tenure. "Well, that's already done," he said. "So we'll give it up for a year here."

- Frank Fitzpatrick