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  • After visit with Rams, Westbrook weighing options. Wire Reports

    Running back Brian Westbrook was medically cleared during his weekend visit with the Rams, but he left town still weighing his options, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported Tuesday.

    "He wanted to go back (home) and think it over," Rams general manager Billy Devaney told the newspaper Monday. "We're just taking it one step at a time right now."

    The Rams are seeking running back depth behind starter Steven Jackson. Kenneth Darby, a three-year pro with 61 NFL carries, is the most experienced backup currently on the roster.

    Westbrook, 30, suffered two concussions last season with the Philadelphia Eagles, who released him this offseason despite his standing as the franchise's career leader in yards from scrimmage (9,785). He also ranks second in rushing yards (5,995) and third in receptions (426).

    After suffering his first concussion Oct. 26 against the Washington Redskins, Westbrook missed two games, then returned for a Nov. 16 contest in San Diego. However, Westbrook suffered another concussion against the Chargers and didn't return until Week 16.

    Westbrook, who also has dealt with knee, rib, ankle and foot injuries over the years, said he returned too soon from his first concussion.

    The Associated Press contributed to this report.
    Last edited by laram0; -04-27-2010, 06:27 PM.

  • #2
    Re: After visit with Rams, Westbrook weighing options. Wire Reports Running

    Could a mod please delete the part of the title. Not a big deal but it would be nice.

    Thanks laram0
    Last edited by schut39; -04-27-2010, 06:38 PM.


    • #3
      Re: After visit with Rams, Westbrook weighing options.

      I hear the Packers are interested...Ugh


      • #4
        Re: After visit with Rams, Westbrook weighing options.

        I hope he views this team as a more intriguing option, with highly toted Sam Bradford coming in, and Steven Jackson, and a newly revamped o-line.

        He would definitely upgrade our RB corps.


        • #5
          Re: After visit with Rams, Westbrook weighing options.

          I don't know how much he has left, but he would be a nice 1-2 punch.


          • #6
            Re: After visit with Rams, Westbrook weighing options.

            I think it's all about his knee at this point. If that can hold up, he'll be a good get for an offense that really has no other options behind Jackson. For such a run oriented team, I'm really confused as to why we haven't addressed this issue yet.


            • #7
              Re: After visit with Rams, Westbrook weighing options.

              I've heard his knee starts to swell when he plays and/or practices on turf... of course he would be limited in practice, but I just don't know if he'd be able to stay healthy, at least not here.
              Anyway, if he decides to join, I'd be very glad to have him here, but let's be sure to keep Darby around, because I'm not sure he'll be able to stay healthy.


              • #8
                Re: After visit with Rams, Westbrook weighing options.

                This is from the other BW thread where I had placed the article prior to this thread opening. I hope you don't mind, Schut. Here the complete article by Thomas appears, issued earlier today.

                RB Brian Westbrook thinking about St. Louis Rams

                BY JIM THOMAS
                ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH

                Veteran running back Brian Westbrook still wants to play football. And he checked out OK medically during his weekend visit to Rams Park. But will he end up in St. Louis?

                Stay tuned. After meeting with Rams coaches and team officials, Westbrook left town and is mulling his options.

                "He wanted to go back (home) and think it over," Rams general manager Billy Devaney said Monday. "We're just taking it one step at a time right now."

                The Rams wouldn't have brought him in for a physical if they didn't think he could still be a productive player, albeit as a complement to Steven Jackson in the St. Louis backfield and not as a feature back.

                Although Westbrook, 30, has plenty of wear and tear on his body after eight seasons in the NFL, the Rams apparently were satisfied with his physical enough to remain interested in signing him.

                That's not to say there aren't concerns, but the two concussions Westbrook suffered last season do not appear to be an issue. Westbrook probably returned too quickly after suffering the first concussion but eventually was able to return to action by the end of the season.

                But Westbrook's left knee, which was first injured playing basketball at DeMatha High School in Maryland, requires careful maintenance. The knee usually swells up if he practices or plays on artificial turf. And it wasn't unusual for Westbrook to miss practice over the past couple of seasons to let the knee rest.

                The Rams play at least half their games on artificial turf every season in the Edward Jones Dome. Westbrook knows the offensive system brought here by former Eagles assistant Pat Shurmur, who is the Rams' offensive coordinator. So other than making sure he had his timing down, at this stage of his career Westbrook wouldn't need practice every day.

                Westbrook also has an arthritic ankle, which needed surgery last June. Because of all the missed practice time following the ankle surgery, Westbrook got off to a sluggish start in the 2009 regular season. He was just rounding into form when he suffered the first concussion Oct. 26 against Washington. Westbrook took a knee to the helmet from Redskins linebacker London Fletcher.

                After missing two games, Westbrook returned Nov. 16 against San Diego and suffered a second concussion. He didn't play again until Week 16 and later said that he came back too soon from the first concussion.

                As recently as 2007, Westbrook rushed for a career-high 1,333 yards and established career highs for catches (90) and receptions yards (771). His 2,104 yards from scrimmage that year was an Eagles record, helping him earn his second Pro Bowl berth.

                Still effective in 2008, Westbrook rushed for 936 yards, had 402 reception yards and scored 14 touchdowns in 14 games. But the ankle surgery and concussions took their toll last season. His 274 yards rushing on 61 carries marked his lowest output since his rookie season in 2002.

                In late February, the Eagles announced they would release Westbrook, who was due to make more than $7 million in 2010 had he stayed in Philly.

                "I think we all know that Brian is one of the all-time great Philadelphia Eagles," coach Andy Reid said at the time.

                Earlier in the offseason, Minnesota and Green Bay expressed some interest in Westbrook, but the Rams appear to be the only team currently pursuing him.
                BW has quite a bit of bondo in his body, perhaps some hidden rust here and there, maybe a few worn down suspension parts; but he also seems to still have a muscle car engine that can roar and burn the rubber on the asphalt. Quarter mile only. I hope he decides to end his career with the Rams and that we would use him sparingly (the only way) on certain running play situations.

                Come on down ... that is ... come on UP young man of 30! :helmet:
                Last edited by RealRam; -04-28-2010, 11:28 AM. Reason: Tyop


                • #9
                  Re: After visit with Rams, Westbrook weighing options.

                  If he still wants to play and we're the only team currently talking to him, methinks he signs.


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                    any truth in this rumour found on the nfluk forum ?
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