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Will Westbrook's Potential Return Disrupt Chemistry?

There is a chance that Brian Westbrook could return to the lineup this Sunday for the first time since the Week 10 matchup in San Diego.

Westbrook has missed the last five games after suffering his second concussion of the season. Head coach Andy Reid explained on Monday that Westbrook would undergo neurological examinations and if he passes them he will be that much closer to being on the gameday roster. Reid will update Westbrook's status at his press conference at 11:30 this morning.

But the Eagles have won the last five games in Westbrook's absence. The ground game has gained at least 100 yards in four of those five games with the shootout win over the Giants being the lone exception. Will incorporating Westbrook break up the chemistry that's in place?

Not so say his teammates.

"We won't miss a beat with Brian. He's a veteran in the system. He knows everything. The thing I like about Brian is he's great in the pass protection game," said center Jamaal Jackson. "That's something we're working with McCoy on and he's getting it. Brian's the total package. We still have faith in him. I hope this whole concussion thing will be behind him after this week."

Reid likes the challenge that offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg would have if Westbrook can go. Reid did say that Westbrook's snaps would be closely monitored.

"I think he'll be pretty fresh. He'll have fresh legs out there," Reid said. "Obviously he's not going to play the whole game. (We will) make sure we keep track of how many plays he plays if it comes down to that."

Mornhinweg said recently that LeSean McCoy and Leonard Weaver, who have picked up the slack in Westbrook's absence, would still get carries. Weaver would likely be the player most impacted by Westbrook's return. Last week against the 49ers, Weaver had a career-high 17 carries. This season, Weaver has rushed the ball 61 times for 301 yards (4.9 yards per carry) and two touchdowns - all of those numbers are career highs for the five-year vet.

"I just expect for him to come in and contribute the way he's going to contribute," Weaver said. "That means me going back to special teams or blocking, whatever it may be, we're going to do it. The only thing that matters is that we're in the playoffs."

-- Posted by Chris McPherson, 10:35 a.m., December 23

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