A headache kept

Brian Westbrook

from playing Sunday night against the Dallas Cowboys. More ankle pain could keep the veteran running back from returning to practice tomorrow.

Coach Andy Reid revealed yesterday that Westbrook's surgically repaired right ankle was bothering him again, and that it was the reason he was held out of practice Friday.

"Brian had some work done on his ankle, so if he doesn't go on Wednesday, that would be the cause unless something crazy [happens] with his concussion," Reid said the day after his team's 20-16 loss to Dallas. "He had a little bit of swelling, so he had some work done."

Exactly what "work done" meant wasn't clear. Reid said Westbrook did not have arthroscopic surgery again and was not held out of the game because of the ankle pain.

"The reason he didn't play was strictly because of the headache," Reid said.

Westbrook, who suffered a concussion in an Oct. 26 win at Washington, has missed the last two games.

Reid said that after the ankle soreness influenced his decision to keep the running back out of practice Friday, Westbrook experienced headache symptoms later that day, leading to the decision not to play him against the Cowboys.


The Eagles had a long list of injuries, including a few that could keep players out of Sunday's game against the Chargers in San Diego.

Weakside linebacker Akeem Jordan has a hyperextended knee and bone bruise, backup safety Quintin Demps has a sprained ankle, and cornerback Ellis Hobbs visited a spine surgeon after leaving Sunday's game with a neck injury.

Reid said he was in discussions with defensive coordinator Sean McDermott on who would replace Jordan if he is unable to play Sunday. Tracy White is the backup at weakside linebacker and has been getting playing time in passing situations.

According to Reid, an MRI of Hobbs' spine did not reveal any new problems, but he said the player's injury would continue to be evaluated.

Offensive tackle Jason Peters left Sunday's game with a sprained right ankle, and Reid said it was "very similar to the one that he had earlier in the year." Peters was knocked out of the Oakland game because of that injury.

Fullback Leonard Weaver also has a sprained ankle.

Reid said defensive end Victor Abiamiri and linebacker Chris Gocong were expected to return against the Chargers. Abiamiri has missed the last three games with a knee injury, and Gocong sat out Sunday with a bruised quadriceps and a strained hamstring.

Receiver Kevin Curtis, who underwent surgery on his left knee on Oct. 24, in Utah, is expected to return to Philadelphia this week and continue his rehab.

Vick's comments


Michael Vick

said during an NBC interview that aired Sunday night that "it would be hard" to return to the Eagles because he didn't want to be "a Wildcat guy."

Reid said he understood those remarks.

"Michael Vick was one of the very, very good quarterbacks in the National Football League," Reid said. "That's not what he is . . . a Wildcat player. He's a quarterback.

"But for this team here, and giving him an opportunity to play and presenting another threat for defenses, he's very good at that. He's enjoying that and having an opportunity to play knowing that Donovan [McNabb] is the starting quarterback."

The Wildcat has become a dwindling part of the offense in recent weeks. Halfway through the season, Vick has run the football 12 times for 27 yards and completed two of six passes for 6 yards.

It is hard to imagine that's what Reid expected when he added Vick to the equation.

"I'm not disappointed with that at all," Reid said. "He's handled himself very well. I had no set number of plays that I was going to put him in. It's important that our offense functions. That's where my concerns go. When we sputter and stutter and do all of that, that disappoints me."