Report: Brian Westbrook 'Very Close' to Retiring

Report: Brian Westbrook 'Very Close' to Retiring

It's not exactly a shocking revelation, but that doesn't make it any easier to hear. According to 610 WIP's Howard Eskin, Brian Westbrook's knee could keep him from ever playing another down in the NFL. Eskin's sources say Westbrook's knee is so bad that he likely wouldn't even pass a physical for a team in 2010. And here we all thought it was the concussions that were limiting his play down the stretch.

Westbrook has one year left on his contract with the Eagles at $7.5 million but his injury status coupled with the emergence of LeSean McCoy makes it unlikely he'd return at that number. Some have speculated about 36 taking a pay cut and having to fight for a roster spot next summer. That just seems so wrong when talking about a guy like Brian Westbrook, but if there's an organization who has proven time and time again that the NFL is a business, it's the Eagles.

The Birds realize they'll need more depth and brought in a few backs last week for a workout including DeDe Dorsey and Dwayne Wright.

Eskin says Westbrook will meet with doctors in the coming weeks
to get multiple opinions and that his retirement is far from a sure

With Donovan McNabb's future uncertain and a certain other Brian departing last offseason, the face of this franchise could be incredibly different in 2010. While this regime has never achieved the goal of a parade down Broad Street, they certainly have provided us with a winning era.

It'll be tough for Birds fans when 36 West hangs it up.

[hat tip to Greggy D]

Nerlens Noel to undergo minor surgery on left knee

Nerlens Noel to undergo minor surgery on left knee

The Sixers on Friday announced that center Nerlens Noel will undergo a minor surgical procedure on his left knee to address an inflamed plica. 

Noel appeared in the Sixers' first preaseason game, but has been sidelined since Oct. 6 because of a left groin strain. 

While undergoing treatment, Noel reported left knee soreness, which led to the discovery of the inflamed plica.

Noel's status for the season opener on Oct. 26 was already in question, and knee surgery should officially rule him out. There is no timetable for his return.

No surgery for Bayless
The Sixers also announced that Jerryd Bayless' left wrist ligament injury will not require surgery.

Bayless, who has been a limited participant in training camp, will be reevaluated in two weeks.

Jahlil Okafor, Nerlens Noel among Bovada's favorites to be traded this season

Jahlil Okafor, Nerlens Noel among Bovada's favorites to be traded this season

The logam at the center position has dominated talk surrounding the Sixers as they approach the start of the 2016-17 season.

While a trade has yet to be made, Bovada believes there's a good chance two of the team's three young centers won't be in Philadelphia by season's end. 

Bovada released their NBA player props for the upcoming NBA season Tuesday, listing Nerlens Noel (5/7) and Jahlil Okafor (8/5) as two of the league's favorites to be dealt before February's trade deadline. On the other hand, Noel's odds to not be dealt are even, while Okafor's odds to remain a Sixer past this season are 4/9.

Kings swingman Rudy Gay was between Noel and Okafor with the second-best odds to be traded at 5/9. Gay's teammate DeMarcus Cousins had the fourth-best odds at 3/1. 

Bovada's over/under player props featured bets involving six different Sixers. Joel Embiid's rookie stat line was set at 13.5 points, 8.0 rebounds and 1.7 blocks. In five preseason games, Embiid has averaged 11.2 points, 5.8 rebounds and 0.8 blocks in just 14.4 minutes of action. If his limited preseason action is any indication, Embiid could certainly reach Bovada's averages once his minutes restriction comes off. 

Here are the rest of the Sixers' over/under prop bets: 

  • Jahlil Okafor: 15 points, 6.5 rebounds
  • Nerlens Noel: 9.5 points, 7.5 rebounds
  • Gerald Henderson: 10.5 points
  • Robert Covington: 12.5 points
  • Dario Saric: 5.0 rebounds