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Report: Westbrook contemplating retirement

Eight days after the Eagles exited the 2009 playoffs, word has emerged that one of their mainstays on offense over the past decade could be calling it quits.

Howard Eskin reported Sunday night on NBC Philadelphia’s Sports Final and WIP radio that running back Brian Westbrook may have to retire.

But while concussions triggered talk during the season that Westbrook might not return, Eskin says that Westbrook’s left knee is the problem, due to multiple surgeries and overall wear and tear. He’ll be visiting doctors in the near future for additional opinions about whether he can still play.

Eskin says 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.

The eight-year veteran 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.