DT Thomas out for the season

Updated: October 27, 2003, 1:38 PM ET

PHILADELPHIA -- Eagles defensive tackle Hollis Thomas will have season-ending surgery Tuesday after tearing his left biceps in the final minute of Philadelphia's victory over the New York Jets.

Running back-returner Brian Westbrook probably will miss Sunday's game against Atlanta with a high left-ankle sprain, and Pro Bowl cornerback Bobby Taylor could miss his second straight game with a foot strain.

Thomas, a key run stopper, becomes the fourth member of the Eagles' defensive line to be lost for the season. Defensive ends Derrick Burgess (Achilles' tendon) and Jamaal Green (leg) went down in the preseason and defensive tackle Paul Grasmanis (Achilles') was hurt in the second week of the season.

And, rookie defensive end Jerome McDougle, the 15th overall pick in April's draft, still hasn't played because of an ankle injury. He is practicing and is closer to returning.

Westbrook, the team's best playmaker, was hurt in the first half of Sunday's 24-17 victory. He leads the Eagles with 323 yards rushing and four touchdowns, and also had a game-winning punt return for a score against the New York Giants last week.

Taylor, injured in the season opener, came back to play against the Giants, but aggravated the injury and didn't dress against the Jets.

All-Pro safety Brian Dawkins, also out since the opener with a foot injury, is improving, but most likely won't return for a few weeks.

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