The player that could make the biggest difference for the Eagles on the field this season was on the practice field yesterday, and he wasn't wearing No. 7.

Brian Westbrook's return was a welcome sight for the Eagles and another indication that he is recovering well from the June ankle surgery that placed him on the physically unable to perform (PUP) list at the start of training camp.

Coach Andy Reid said before the workout that Westbrook would participate in individual drills and the portion of practice when schemes are installed and practiced by the whole unit. Westbrook, indeed, ran with both the first-team and the second-team offense during group period, then left the practice field.

Westbrook, as was the case during his on-field rehab sessions at Lehigh University, did not appear to have any lingering effects from his ankle surgery. Reid said he would ease Westbrook into practice.

"Right now, he is good enough to play in practice and controlled situations, so that's what we're going to do," Reid said.

Westbrook was not the only player to come off the team's PUP list yesterday. Defensive end Victor Abiamiri, who had been sidelined by a torn pectoral muscle, and defensive tackle Trevor Laws, who had been out with a hamstring injury, returned to practice in limited fashion. Offensive tackle Shawn Andrews is the last remaining player on the PUP list.

The list of players who missed practice yesterday were Andrews, tight end Brent Celek (sprained shoulder), defensive end Trent Cole (sprained shoulder), guard Todd Herremans (foot), offensive tackle Jason Peters (quad), quarterback Kevin Kolb (knee), and defensive end Bryan Smith (concussion).

Linebacker Stewart Bradley and tight end Cornelius Ingram made appearances at the practice facility after undergoing ACL surgery last week in Alabama.

The Wildcat package

Reid said he added to the Wildcat offensive package that the team used sparingly last season - with rookie receiver DeSean Jackson taking the snap from center - but it was not done in anticipation of signing Michael Vick.

Nevertheless, Reid seems to be excited about the idea of what he can do with his new offensive toy and the Wildcat formation.

"I think it's a good wrinkle, and there are some other things you can do, too, with Michael and Donovan [McNabb] and DeSean," Reid said. "We have some guys that can run pretty fast and run the ball pretty good. You add all those things up and you can have some fun."

Interesting question

Reid was asked more questions about Vick before practice yesterday, but this one was particularly interesting: Would the coach consider the Vick signing a success if the player represented himself well but the Eagles went 6-10?

"I'd be happy for him as a person," Reid said. "I know this is a team sport, not a one-man sport, but the person part is very important to me."