There is a lot of debate going on right now as to whether or not Brian Westbrook will play this week against the Cowboys, and we are now hearing that he is cleared to play. He did not play last week due to a concussion and is also getting over an ailing ankle injury. The concussion seemed to be pretty bad as he was knocked unconscious in the game against the Redskins.
Andy Reid is telling us that Westbrook is cleared and will be practicing this week and should make his return in the Sunday night game with the Cowboys. This may be a bit of trickery as Reid also said all last week that Westbrook would be a game time decision when it looked obvious that there was no chance he’d play. However, if since he is practicing this week it obviously increases his odds of playing.
The question to me is if he isn’t 100 percent, should he should play? We saw an emergence in Leonard Weaver that I don’t think anyone expected, and we also saw the explosiveness LeSean McCoy can have. The offense was actually quite balanced last week and this was without Westbrook. Dallas ranks right about in the middle of the league in terms of rushing yards per game (105). I think their line is built more for rushing the passer than stopping the run.
So here’s the debate: do you sit Westbrook if he’s not 100 percent and rely on the Weaver/McCoy combo again, or put him in the lineup as winning this game would be huge for the Birds? I think it’s all going to come down to if the headaches continue for Westbrook. If he takes some snaps in practice and is still getting head pain, I think he should sit. However, if he feels good running the ball and thinks he can contribute than I’d love to see him back in the lineup. I just hope he is honest with the coaching staff as I wouldn’t want to see him come back prematurely and intensify his injury.