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Reid Counting On Westbrook For Sunday

Head coach Andy Reid said on Tuesday that running back Brian Westbrook is undergoing tests for the concussion he incurred during Monday night's win over the Redskins. Westbrook will not be ruled out for Sunday's game against the Giants, according to Reid. In fact, Reid is "counting on that he'll be there, but we'll see how the tests go."

Westbrook was injured on a 5-yard run midway through the first quarter of the game. He took a handoff up the middle and as he was being tackled the knee of Redskins linebacker London Fletcher clocked Westbrook in the head and knocked him unconscious. Westbrook laid on the field for several minutes before walking under his own power to the locker room. He joined his teammates on the sidelines in street clothes in the second half.

"I stuck my hand out and he didn't reach back for it and I looked at his eyes and he was just sleeping," guard Todd Herremans said. "I immediately called for someone to come out. Stuff like that happens. It's a physical game. It was one of my more scary moments."

Westbrook was replaced in the lineup by rookie LeSean McCoy, who had 14 carries for 37 yards. McCoy was concerned first and foremost for the safety of his teammate.

"It was scary," McCoy said. "I was more worried about his condition and his safety than getting out there and playing, especially with the relationship I have with him."

Westbrook would be key this week as the Eagles look to secure first place in the NFC East against the 5-2 New York Giants. In his last regular season matchup with the Giants, Westbrook had a career-high 33 carries while posting 203 yards of total offense and a pair of touchdowns. In 14 career games against the Giants, including the postseason, Westbrook has 1,018 rushing yards at an average of 4.6 yards per carry. He also has 484 receiving yards and 14 total touchdowns (8 rushing, 5 receiving and 1 punt return).

-- Posted by Chris McPherson, 5:44 p.m., October 27

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