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Westbrook Is Expected to Play for Eagles

From Associated Press

Brian Westbrook, the Philadelphia Eagles’ leading rusher, is expected to play against the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday after sitting out one game because of a cracked rib.

“He feels good, so you have to take that into consideration and bank on what the medical people tell you also,” Eagle Coach Andy Reid said Friday. “Right now we’ll play him. He wants to play and he feels good.”

Westbrook, who was injured against the Cleveland Browns two weeks ago, sat out last Sunday’s 15-10 victory over the Baltimore Ravens. He returned to practice Wednesday.

The third-year running back has 458 yards rushing in 90 carries. He also has caught 31 passes for 249 yards.

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Denver Bronco safety John Lynch will not play Sunday against the Houston Texans because he has a broken bone above his tailbone. He was injured when he was blocked by receiver Brian Finneran 30 yards from the play during last Sunday’s loss to the Atlanta Falcons.

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San Diego Charger running back LaDainian Tomlinson practiced for the first time this week and is listed as probable for Sunday’s game at New Orleans. Tomlinson, 10th in the league in rushing with 653 yards, has been nursing a groin injury suffered Oct. 3 during a victory over the Tennessee Titans.

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Receiver Josh Reed and cornerback Troy Vincent of the Buffalo Bills are expected to sit out Sunday’s game against the New York Jets.

Reed didn’t practice all week after hurting his left knee during last week’s game against Arizona. Vincent practiced, but he hasn’t played since undergoing arthroscopic knee surgery more than a month ago.

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Jet receiver Wayne Chrebet, who has a sore lower back, is questionable for Sunday’s game against the Bills. He was listed as probable all week but was downgraded.


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