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Sprained Ankle Could Sideline Owens

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Terrell Owens could miss the Eagles' game against the Redskins this Sunday with a sprained ankle he suffered last week in Denver. (David Zalubowski - AP)

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By Mark Maske
Washington Post Staff Writer
Wednesday, November 2, 2005; 3:40 PM

As if the Philadelphia Eagles didn't already have enough problems, the defending NFC champions now are facing the prospect of playing the Washington Redskins on Sunday night at FedEx Field without wide receiver Terrell Owens.

Owens re-injured his surgically repaired right ankle during the Eagles' 49-21 defeat last Sunday at Denver, which dropped the club's record to 4-3. Owens was listed as doubtful on the Eagles' official injury report, and Coach Andy Reid said the team will have to make preparations to face the Redskins without him.

"We'll see," Reid said here today, calling Owens's injury a sprain. "He is hurting. He is sore. It's going to be a fight to get him there for Sunday."

Rookie Reggie Brown would start in Owens's place if Owens is unable to play, Reid said.

Quarterback Donovan McNabb also was to miss today's practice after suffering bruised ribs against the Broncos. McNabb said he landed on the foot of Eagles guard Shawn Andrews after being hit on a fourth-quarter play. Tests taken Monday showed no fractures, and the Eagles are hopeful that McNabb will play Sunday night. McNabb said he intends to play. But he has played with an assortment of injuries this season that includes a sports hernia, and he indicated that this is probably the most banged-up he has been in his entire NFL career.

Defensive end Jevon Kearse was to miss today's practice because of a sprained shoulder, and Reid said his status was day to day. The Eagles placed punter Dirk Johnson on the injured reserve list and signed Reggie Hodges, a rookie punter who was a sixth-round draft choice this year by the St. Louis Rams out of Ball State.

Roethlisberger's Status Unclear

Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger hurt his right knee during the Pittsburgh Steelers' triumph Monday night over the Baltimore Ravens. An MRI exam Tuesday showed no ligament damage, but Roethlisberger could miss practice time this week and his status for Sunday's game at Green Bay is unclear.

The preliminary diagnosis was that Roethlisberger suffered a strained posterior capsule, according to the team. He caught his foot in the turf while being hit during Monday's game, but stayed in the lineup. Roethlisberger threw two touchdown passes to rookie tight end Heath Miller in the 20-19 win that improved his regular-season record as an NFL starter to 18-1.

Charlie Batch has moved ahead of Tommy Maddox on the depth chart and would start against the Packers if Roethlisberger is unable to play.

Roethlisberger hurt his left knee on a hit by San Diego Chargers defensive tackle Luis Castillo during a game last month, and was sidelined for the Steelers' loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars the following week. He returned to lead the club to wins over the Cincinnati Bengals and Ravens to improve the Steelers' record to 5-2.

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