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RB Brian Westbrook Press Conference

On whether he is ready to play: "Yeah. I'm trying to get to that point where I feel pretty confident on my ankle and with my ribs as well."

On whether he will be limited at all or in pain when he plays: "I'm going to go out there and play. I'm going to go out there and give it all that I have for as long as I can. I think that my ribs have done a great job, with me rehabbing with the training staff and trying to get them back to as close to 100 percent as I can."

On how you rehab ribs: "Ice. They have a bone stimulator that's trying to stimulate the growth of your ribs and stuff like that. Try to get blood into that area so they will heal faster."

On whether he is still uncomfortable sleeping and breathing: "No. It's feeling a little better with the sleeping. Really, the only problem is when I take a deep, deep, deep breath."

On whether his hyperbaric chamber has helped his recovery process: "Yeah, I hope so."

On how his ankle is doing: "It's doing better."

On whether he will have to do anything differently on the field knowing that defenders might target his injuries: "I just go play my game. If I see something like that going on in the game, you have to adjust. But I'm going to go out there and play my game and do what I can to make a difference in the game."

On whether he will wear extra padding: "No."

On what he thinks needs to happen on offense: "I think (QB) Donovan (McNabb) hit the nail right on the head. We've been very inconsistent. We've had games where we ran the ball well. We've had games where we passed the ball well. We've had games where we didn't execute well. We've had games that we didn't convert on third down. Then, we've had games the complete opposite where we completed the ball on third down, we didn't run well and we did run well, so we have to be more consistent, a better team, and try to execute our offense a little bit better. The defense has to be consistent as well, stopping the run, stopping the pass, and getting off the field on third down."

On whether injuries have contributed to the inconsistency: "I think part of it is that, but I think the bigger part is that the guys that are in there, they're not being consistent. We have to find a way to find that consistency."

On why he thinks the run game has been slow to get going this year: "It's just tough. When teams expect you to run they crowd up in the box and things like that. We have Donovan back healthy, so we are throwing the ball a lot more. It's one of those things that we have to continue to try. We have to continue to try to get better, and we will over the course of the season."

On whether he thinks more snaps for RB Correll Buckhalter can help the offense: "I hope so. I think very highly of Correll. I think he's a very good player and anything that can help this team get more playmakers on the field and allow everybody to contribute, hopefully that will help us."

On G Max Jean-Gilles filling in for injured G Shawn Andrews: "I think Max is doing a good job. He's doing everything that we really expect out of him. I think that just goes along with things that we mentioned before that we haven't been very consistent with the run plays and just trying it and consistently calling those run plays and executing them when we have opportunities, and that's important in the run. We have to try and get that rhythm, and we haven't really gotten to that rhythm yet."

On whether the lack of rhythm in the run game has anything to do with Andrews being out: "I wouldn't say it would, no."

On whether he is anxious to have a break-out game: "Yeah, I'm tired of being injured. I'm tired of being in the training room. It's definitely frustrating to be in there and not be able to help your team win. I'm just like everybody else who gets frustrated when you try to get healthy and you get to that point where you can play and you get injured again. I'm still fighting. I'm still trying to get out there and do everything I can to help this team and to help me get on this field as well. I'll continue to do that, and I'm ready for that break-out game."

On whether he can offer an explanation as to why the team has always done so well after the bye week: "I think it's the way things have worked out. Of course, when you get a rest in the NFL, you know it's a long season and we had training camp for a long time, since the end of July, and then you have however many games until the bye, so of course that rest helps out a team, so I think that would have something to do with it, too."

On his current 3.5 yards-per-carry rush average: "Like you said, I'm not a big, fast guy. I want to go out there and perform and hope this team wins. I think when I'm on my game that will be better than what it is."

On whether he traveled to San Francisco with the team: "No."

On whether it's tough to watch the game from home: "It's tough. (Jokingly) You scream at the TV, yell at all the coordinators and wonder what they are doing, yell at (head coach Andy) Reid. It's tough, but it's exciting when your team wins a football game in the fashion that we did."

On whether he watched the game by himself: "No, I watched it with some friends and family."

On what he called Coach Reid: "(Jokingly) A lot of bad words, no. I think when you watch the game, it's kind of like you were saying, you wonder why you do certain things, and it works out. Things work out. You wonder why (defensive coordinator) Jim (Johnson) is doing certain things, but the coaches and coordinators, they get paid to do their job, too, so I'm excited things worked out for us."

On whether he was expecting DE Juqua Parker to down himself at the 1-yard line after his interception: "No. I wanted him to score. I didn't expect him to catch the ball, but I definitely wanted him to score."

On whether he felt detached from the team since he wasn't in San Francisco: "It's tough. You don't really get the vibe and the flow; you don't get into the flow of the game. You're just kind of watching it, it's during commercials, it's during whatever, but it's tough to watch the game and be consistent in how much you want to be in the flow of the game as you would if you were there on the field."

On whether he thinks the coaches have done anything different over the bye week to address the inconsistencies: "Like I said, we haven't done much yet. We definitely have really only put in a couple of plays on offense and installed base offense, so we haven't had much to judge if they had done anything different to address the inconsistency problem."

On how things are playing out in the NFC East: "We definitely should have an opportunity to control our destiny. We have an opportunity to go down there and beat some teams, and if we do that, then we'll be right in the position that we want to be in. We're still a very good football team. We lost some tough games. We had some injuries. We had some things not go our way. Hopefully we can learn from those things and carry on throughout the season in the fashion that we expect."

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