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RB Brian Westbrook

On how much time is spent trying to work on the running game: "We spend time on it. We haven't really executed as well as we would like to be executing at this point in the season. I think it's one of the things that we have to go back and put some more emphasis on and spend some more time on. Everybody knows we are more of a passing team, but we have to put some more emphasis on the run and try to take care of the running part, as well."

On what his expectations are for this week: "Similar to the last few weeks. I am just trying to get healthy enough to play and get to the point where the pain is not as strong and try to get out there on the field."

On how he feels now: "Sore. It's tough to get sleep. When you have broken ribs and you sneeze, turn, twist, make a sudden move, it's sore."

On how fast his ribs healed in 2004 when he had a similar injury: "To be honest with you, I can't really recall. I don't know if it was a couple of weeks or a week. To be honest, I can't remember."

On how frustrating this year has been for him so far: "It has been frustrating. It is very frustrating, but I'm not a negative guy. I am going to stay upbeat, I'm going to try to stay positive and try to get the thing done. I know how I have gotten to the point I am at now, and that's through hard work, discipline and trying to stay positive. I'm going to do that. It's definitely frustrating. You try to go out there, you want to be as healthy as possible and produce for your team. When you're out there and you keep getting injured and keep getting nicked up, it's tough to handle that type of thing. I have the support of the training staff, coaches, family, friends and things like that. I'm going to do everything I can to get back out there and remain positive until I do."

On how frustrating it was to come back from his ankle injury and then sustain a rib injury right after that: "It's tough. That's part of the game. Injuries are part of the game. You try not to have them back-to-back like I did, but it's part of the game."

On QB Donovan McNabb calling a players-only meeting: "When Don had a meeting, he had an opportunity that he thought needed to be said. He took advantage of that time. As a leader on this team, you expect things like that from him. He took advantage of it."

On whether other people were able to say things during the meeting: "Other people were able to say some things, as well."

On how McNabb is handling himself right now: "With Donovan, like myself, he is a positive guy. He is a guy who goes out and works even harder to try to turn things around. That starts at the top with (head) coach (Andy) Reid, of course, but it trickles down to everybody else. Donovan is a major player in that, as well. He is going to work harder. He is just like everybody else. Everybody has to work a little bit harder and pick up a little bit more of the slack to try to get things done. We expect Donovan to have great games. That doesn't mean he's going to have them every week, but we expect him to have great games. We expect to lean on him too, because he's such a great player."

On what effect it has on the team to see that they are in last place: "We don't have to look in the newspaper to see we're in last. We see that we're losing on the field and it is disappointing to us. We have worked hard to be able to go out there and compete on the field. We have good enough players to win; unfortunately we're not doing that. We have to find ways to win football games. Of course, it's just as disappointing that everyone else is winning and we are not."

On whether there is a correlation between G Shawn Andrews' absence and a struggling rushing attack: "Shawn is a Pro Bowl guard. He is one of the best guards in the game. I can't say that it's all because Shawn is not there, but it definitely would help having him in there. We have a very good offensive line without Shawn, but we also know that when you have a talented guy, a first-round guy like Shawn in there, you're going to be better. We would love to get him back as soon as possible."

On whether he knew that his ribs were fractured during the game on Sunday: "I had a feeling they were. I didn't know the exact extent of it. I have had this injury before, so I had a feeling they were. Every time I got hit, I was reminded they were hurting a little bit. It does give you a little bit of hope that I was able to come back and play, but I also know I wasn't as effective as I wanted to be because they were injured."

On whether he thinks he will miss the next game: "I think every injury is different; I think every situation is different. It's hard to say if I will miss this game because I did the last couple of times. You never know. It's hard to tell on Wednesday if you will miss a game on Sunday."

On whether he ever would think that this is just not his year: "No. This definitely wasn't my week. That wasn't my favorite week to be a part of. We have played five games so far. We have 11 games left. Hopefully we are going to the playoffs. It's hard to close off and shut down on your year right now. I'm a positive guy, Coach (Reid) is positive, and the players need to know that we have a lot of games left. We can win those games. If we do that, we have a great chance of making it to the playoffs and reaching our final goal."

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