Thursday, November 03, 2005

There's Good News, There's Great News...

and then there's this bit o' hope for the Redskins (courtesy

Eagles' Owens doubtful with sprained ankle

PHILADELPHIA (Nov. 2, 2005) - - Terrell Owens might not play against Washington because of sprained right ankle that forced him to miss the Eagles' practice Nov. 2.

Owens sprained the ankle -- the same one on which he had surgery last year -- in the loss to Denver and limped around the locker room after the game.

"He is hurting," coach Andy Reid said. "He is sore. It's going to be a fight to get him there for Sunday. We're taking it day by day. He's made progress the last couple of days."

Owens is considered doubtful, meaning he has a 25-percent chance of playing against the Redskins...

Donovan McNabb, who has put off surgery for a sports hernia, bruised a rib against the Broncos, and also missed practice. McNabb complained of soreness and stiffness, but said he'll play in Washington.
McNabb was injured when he fell on offensive lineman
Shawn Andrews...

Defensive end
Jevon Kearse is questionable with a shoulder injury.

The Eagles also put punter
Dirk Johnson on injured reserve and signed rookie Reggie Hodges, a sixth-round pick of St. Louis who punted in five games for the Rams.

Three-time Pro Bowler
David Akers could return to kick field goals against the Redskins. Akers hasn't played since tearing a hamstring earlier this season against Oakland.
Thanks, T.O., for a perfectly-timed injury. So the Redskins defense will face an offense that (a) passes too often with (b) a quarterback more banged up that O.J. Simpson in "The Naked Gun," and (c) will have its premier receiver at around 50% power, if he plays at all.

I have two quick suggestions for Gregg Williams (who, by the way, gives really good interviews. I saw him on the Comcast PostGame Live Sponsored by Tischer Acura, Brought to You by Ledo's Pizza and Shagnasty & Associates Report on Sunday and not only did he politely answer questions from Kelli Johnson like "Coach...after a game like this, you must feel, you know, awful. [long pause] Right?" but he managed to look cool, calm and collected, even though you know mentally he was gauging whether slow-torturing every defensive player would be considered justifiable homicide. Gregg, you're my rock.)

First suggestion: Key on Brian Westbrook and L.J. Smith. Westbrook leads NFL running backs in receptions; Smith is third in receptions (seventh in yardage) for tight ends. Without Owens, these guys have to be big in the Eagles' offense, and that means that the Redskins' linebackers must have an equally big game.

Second suggestion: Sacks = win. In the alternative, get some pressure on McNizzle. Look, you know and I know that Donovan isn't going to be breaking any 54 yard scrambles like he did back in 2000. In fact, how about the defense dare him to scramble, and let Arrington tee off on him once or twice. Let's see if we can make him regret resting that sports hernia .

The Eagles have won seven straight over the Redskins. May the planets be in alignment for an end to the streak...?

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