- The Washington Times - Wednesday, November 2, 2005

Philadelphia Eagles receiver Terrell Owens is doubtful for Sunday night’s game against the Washington Redskins because of a sprained right ankle.

Owens, injured in the Eagles’ 49-21 loss to Denver on Sunday, did not practice yesterday.

“It’s going to be a fight to get him there for Sunday,” Eagles coach Andy Reid said. “We’re taking it day by day. He’s made progress the last couple of days.”

Redskins coach Joe Gibbs expects Owens to be on the field.

“I don’t think there’s any question,” he said. “Over the years, in my experience, they always play, and they always play great. I always take that with a grain of salt.”

Like the Redskins, who had six starters miss practice, Philadelphia is banged up. Quarterback Donovan McNabb, who has put off surgery for a sports hernia, bruised a rib against Denver and also missed practice yesterday. He said he will play against the Redskins.

Defensive end Jevon Kearse is questionable with a shoulder injury, and the team placed 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.

If Owens can’t play, the Eagles will start Greg Lewis and either Billy McMullen or rookie Reggie Brown. Former Redskins receiver Darnerien McCants also is on the Philadelphia depth chart.

“The next guy has always stepped in and always done his job,” Reid said. “That’s how we’ve always gone about our business. If T.O. can be there, great. If not, the next guy has to step in and play.”

Owens leads the Eagles with 47 catches, 763 receiving yards and six touchdowns. The rest of the Eagles receivers have combined for 73 catches and one touchdown.

Redskins cornerback Shawn Springs said preparing for the Eagles might be more difficult if Owens doesn’t play. Springs has faced Owens since the two were with Seattle and San Francisco, respectively.

“Preparing for him is easier versus some guy coming off the bench that’s trying prove himself to get a shot,” Springs said. “Those are the guys who give you the hardest times and wear you out.”

The Associated Press contributed to this article.

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