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October 10, 2008
Exit Westbrook, enter Buckhalter

The Eagles' top offensive weapon, Brian Westbrook, has been ruled out of Sunday's game with broken ribs. But the 49ers' shouldn't breathe a sigh of relief -- they haven't done so well against teams' No. 2 (and 3 and 4 and 5) weapons this year either. With Westbrook out, in comes Correll Buckhalter, who is bigger than Westbrook but perhaps not as nimble. In fact, Mike Nolan said yesterday it was sometimes hard to tell the two apart:

"He does the same jobs, yeah. They look similar. If you have the eyes I have, and you can't tell the numbers sometimes, they look the same."

Buckhalter filled in for Westbrook earlier this year in a loss to Chicago. He ran 16 times for 66 yards and caught two passes for 24 yards. Last year, he started one game for Westbrook -- another Eagles' loss -- and ran 17 times for 103 yards and caught four passes for 35 yards.

-- Matt Barrows



MATTHEW BARROWS

Matt was born in Blacksburg, Va., and attended the University of Virginia. He graduated in 1995, went to Northwestern for a journalism degree a year later, and got his first job at a South Carolina daily in 1997. He joined The Bee as a Metro reporter in 1999 and started covering the 49ers in 2003. His favorite player of all time is Darrell Green.

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