Running backs can become very old – very quick. As we saw Sunday in San Diego, no one, not even LaDainian Tomlinson can stay young forever, and it’s not a surprise if he would be in a different uniform in 2010. Which leads to Brian Westbrook, the one-time outstanding running back for the Philadelphia Eagles.
It’s been tough as of late for Westbrook, who suffered a nasty concussion last season vs the Redskins, and also has been suffering from knee issues. Now it appears that the running back is talking about leaving the game, as there’s talk he may retire.
WIP’s Howard Eskin reported Sunday night on NBC Philadelphia’s Sports Final that the running back may have to retire. Eskin said that the issue is not only the concussions, but also his left knee. The back has had multiple surgeries on that knee, and he will be visiting doctors in the near future for additional opinions about whether he can still play.
PFT.com reports Eskin saying “there’s “almost no chance” Westbrook will play for the Eagles again (he’s due to earn a $7.25 million salary in 2010), and that he might have trouble passing a physical for another team.”
It would be a tough end for Westbrook, who at one point considered one of, if not the most dangerous back in football. In his 8-year career, he has rushed for 5,995 yards (4.6 per carry), and he has caught 426 passes for 3,790 yards. Westbrook also has scored 66 career touchdowns.