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Eagles' Westbrook cleared to face Broncos after two concussions

PHILADELPHIA -- Brian Westbrook makes the Eagles even more dangerous, just in time for the playoffs.

Westbrook was cleared to play after recovering from two concussions, and he's expected to return against the Denver Broncos on Sunday. The former All-Pro running back has played in just six games this season.

Coach Andy Reid said Wednesday that Westbrook did "perfect" on his testing and is "ready to roll" for the NFC East-leading Eagles (10-4).

"Unless there's a setback, I think that's what he's counting on, the doctors and everybody else," Reid said.

Westbrook missed the last five games after suffering his second concussion in a three-week span during a Nov. 15 game against the San Diego Chargers. His first career concussion came against during an Oct. 26 game against the Washington Redskins, and he sat out two games before returning against the Chargers.

Westbrook likely will have a limited role in Philadelphia's offense, sharing plays with halfback LeSean McCoy and fullback Leonard Weaver.

"I don't think it's fair to him to throw him in every snap," Reid said. "I'm just concerned about him not having played in games, getting up on game speed."

Westbrook, once the key weapon in the Eagles' offense, has just 225 yards rushing and 156 yards receiving in six games. The Eagles are just 3-3 when Westbrook has played.

"He's a great player," Reid said. "He's one of the smartest players I've ever coached. He brings leadership out there."

Even without Westbrook, the Eagles have been prolific at times on offense. They're second in the NFL behind the New Orleans Saints in scoring, averaging 28.5 points per game. Quarterback Donovan McNabb is having an outstanding season, and dynamic wide receiver DeSean Jackson has replaced Westbrook as the top playmaker with 11 touchdowns, including eight of 50-plus yards.

Adding Westbrook, 30, gives Philadelphia another option and forces defenses to be aware of another threat. He's the franchise's career leader in yards from scrimmage.

"It's great timing for us because he'll be able to get two games to get his legs under him," McNabb said. "Just his presence back there and the things he's capable of doing will help us."

Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press

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