The Philadelphia Eagles received great news recently as running back Brian Westbrook returned to the practice field for the first time since having offseason ankle surgery.
While most of the attention was on newly signed quarterback Michael Vick on Saturday, a far more important Eagles player took the field when Westbrook lined up in the backfield with Philadelphia's first-team offense. The star running back had surgery to remove scar tissue and bone fragments from his right ankle in June. He initially hurt the ankle last season in Week 3 against Pittsburgh.
Westbrook also had his left knee cleaned out shortly after the Eagles lost to Arizona in the NFC championship game last January. He experienced pain in the ankle while rehabbing the knee.
With Westbrook back in the mix, a lot of pundits are high on the Eagles’ Super Bowl chances this season. The team also acquired Pro Bowl offensive tackle Jason Peters from the Bills this offseason, as well as selected explosive offensive prospects Jeremy Maclin and LeSean “Shady” McCoy in April’s draft.
Oddsmakers from online sports book SPORTSBETTING.com have made the Eagles 10/1 mid-range favorites to win Super Bowl XLIV. Philadelphia is also 5/1 to win the NFC Championship.
Posted: 8/15/09 8:30PM ET