Banged-up Westbrook still a dangerous threat

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PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Brian Westbrook walks around slowly, often with a limp. He watches practices from the sideline, needing the extra rest to be ready for game days.

Injuries have limited Westbrook's production this season, but the Philadelphia Eagles still rely on their dynamic running back, even if he's only a decoy at times.

Westbrook missed one game with an ankle injury and another with broken ribs. He also has sore knees that make it difficult for him to climb four steps to reach the podium for his weekly news conference. It's no wonder with the way he hobbles that coach Andy Reid gives Westbrook time off during the week.

Westbrook sat out Wednesday's practice, but he'll certainly play against the Arizona Cardinals in Sunday's NFC championship game.

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