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Westbrook to have surgery on injured ankle

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Brian Westbrook will undergo his second so called "minor" surgery of the offseason, this time on his injured ankle.

Philadelphia Eagles running back Brian Westbrook will have surgery to clean up some bone spurs in his right ankle, according to his agent, Todd France.

France had no timetable for Westbrook's return but characterized the procedure as minor. Another source, however, said the surgery could sideline Westbrook well into training camp. Eagles veterans report to training camp on July 29.

"We talked about it when he was at the doctor's office and went through the options and decided it was better to clean it up," France told ESPN. "The ankle has been bothering him since last year."

Westbrook had "minor" surgery on his knee back in February. This ankle injury appears to have been bothering him since last year when he sustained the injury against the Steelers. That begs the question, why wait until now to get it taken care of? The injury bothered him all through last year and even if it felt better after the season and he "re-aggravated" it a few weeks ago as the article suggests... It's odd that they wouldn't have found bone spurs earlier.

Either way, the important thing here is to get Westbrook back to 100%. If cleaning out bone spurs in his ankle is what it takes, get it done. Still, for a RB just about to turn 30 two surgeries in an offseason is not an encouraging development.

I suppose the one bright spot is that Lesean McCoy will likely be the primary back throughout the summer and should get tons of reps. Plus the other backs fighting for spots like Walter Mendenhall, Kyle Eckel, Lorenzo Booker, & Eldra Buckley should get extra reps.