Philadelphia Eagles Bye Week Questions – Injuries

With the 2009 NFL Season almost a quarter of the way complete and the Eagles on a much-needed bye week, I thought it is a good time to look at the five biggest questions facing Andy Reid’s squad.  The good thing right now is that the Eagles are 2-1 with very winnable games coming up after their bye against the Tampa Bay Bucs. Oakland Raiders, and Washington Redskins – combined record of 2-7 entering Week 4.

Will the Eagles – namely RB Brian Westbrook (ankle), WR Kevin Curtis (knee/groin), and QB Donovan McNabb (fractured rib) – be healthy entering Week 5?

— Every team in the NFL has to deal with injuries this time of year and the Eagles are no different.  The difference I see with the Eagles this year is that they do have some depth behind their front-line starters.  RB LeSean McCoy (now sharing starter’s carries w/ Westbrook), QB Kevin Kolb (granted it was a blowout loss to the Saints and a mauling of the hapless Chiefs, but the former 2nd round draft pick looked good throwing for over 300 yards in both games), and their young receiving corps (Jackson, Maclin, and Avant have picked-up the slack for the banged-up Curtis). 

However despite how well the youngsters have performed, the veterans especially McNabb and Westbrook have to return and make an impact before key divisional games against the Giants (November 1st) and Cowboys (November 8th).  Other players expected to return from injuries are OG Todd Herramins (foot) and Safety Quintin Demps (hamstring).


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