Westbrook was thought to have suffered a rib injury, but X-rays on his ribs were negative.
Westbrook, who gained a career-high 221 total yards in the 56-21 rout of the Lions, has a history of nagging injuries. Yet, he's far from fragile because he's rarely missed games since the Eagles drafted him out of Villanova in 2002. Last week, he didn't return to practice until Friday because of a bruised right knee, then went out and averaged nearly 12 yards a touch.
"He's a tough little guy and he plays with a lot of heart, so he doesn't surprise me at all," Eagles backup running back Correll Buckhalter said yesterday.
Buckhalter was limping on a sprained left ankle but said it's nothing serious and that he'll be ready for Sunday.
Elsewhere on the Eagles' injury front, defensive tackle William Thomas
suffered a sprained knee ligament, and backup linebacker Stewart Bradley
had surgery yesterday on a broken bone in his hand.
Reid said it's too soon to determine the status of safety Brian Dawkins (neck spasm), cornerback Lito Sheppard (knee) and tight end L.J. Smith (groin) for the Giants game. All three sat out the Lions game.
Reid praised the blocking of the offensive line and the play of the defensive line for putting constant pressure on Lions quarterback Jon Kitna
, who was sacked nine times. The line opened huge holes for Westbrook while Trent Cole
, Brodrick Bunkley
and Juqua Thomas
combined for seven sacks.
Safety Quintin Mikell
had played in 69 games but hadn't started one until he filled in for Dawkins against the Lions. He made it count with a sack, a recovered fumble, and a quarterback hurry.
"What I said to myself is go out there and run the defense and don't do anything to hurt the team," Mikell said yesterday. "I think I did that pretty well."
In Sunday's 56-21 win over Detroit, Eagles running back Westbrook and receiver Kevin Curtis
became just the second pair of teammates in NFL history to surpass the 200-yard mark from scrimmage, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.
The other time it occurred was Dec. 22, 1963, when Oakland receiver Art Powell had 247 yards receiving and Clem Daniels ran for 234 yards against Houston in the old American Football League. The NFL recognized AFL records after the leagues merged. Powell was an 11th-round draft pick of the Eagles in 1959.
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