Seymour Practices, Will Play for Patriots
Thursday, February 3, 2005; Page D03
Wide receiver Terrell Owens continued to work his way back from his ankle injury by participating in the Eagles' practice Wednesday. Earlier, Owens said that he felt ready to play the majority of the game but didn't know how extensively Eagles coaches planned to use him. Owens is master of the controversy-generating touchdown celebration but said he doesn't have anything special planned if he were to score Sunday. "My being out there will be special enough," Owens said. . . .
Turf burns probably helped spread a stubborn skin infection among the St. Louis Rams during the 2003 season, according to a report in this week's edition of the New England Journal of Medicine. The infections, which sidelined three players for 17 days, apparently spread to an unnamed visiting team, prompting team officials to call for help in tracking down the source. In all, five Rams players developed large wounds that had to be surgically drained and treated with antibiotics. In three players, the infection reappeared. "These abrasions were usually left uncovered, and when combined with frequent skin-to-skin contact throughout the football season, probably constituted both the source and vehicle for transmission," said medical researchers for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta. Sunday's game will be played on natural grass.
Two of the five cruise ships chartered by the Jacksonville Host Committee to dock along the St. Johns River and accommodate guests arrived Wednesday. Jacksonville made the ships part of its Super Bowl proposal because the city didn't have enough hotel rooms to satisfy NFL requirements. The ships are providing more than 3,500 additional rooms, according to the Jacksonville Port Authority. . . .