- The Washington Times - Thursday, January 15, 2009

From combined dispatches

Arizona receiver Anquan Boldin practiced Wednesday and says he will play in Sunday’s NFC championship game against the Philadelphia Eagles.

Boldin, who with Larry Fitzgerald forms arguably the best receiving tandem in football, said a trip to a Dallas chiropractor has greatly improved his strained left hamstring. The injury kept Boldin out of the Cardinals’ 33-13 victory at Carolina in Saturday’s divisional playoff game.

“I’ll be out there Sunday,” he said after practice.

Boldin said he was able to participate in all phases of practice but in shorter spurts than normal.

He said he expected to be “real effective” in what would be the biggest game of his career.

“I don’t see there being any problems, no hindrances or anything like that,” Boldin said. “I’ll just be myself and resume my regular role.”

Ken Whisenhunt said he will hold out final judgment on Boldin’s status until he sees how the receiver does as the week progresses, but the Cardinals’ coach was optimistic.

REDSKINS: Washington is holding general admission ticket prices steady for the third straight year because of the troubled economy.

The team announced that prices, ranging from $29 to $99, will remain the same for the 2009 season. The team has increased general admission prices only twice (in 2000 and 2006) since Dan Snyder bought the team in 1999.

Mitch Gershman, the team’s chief operating officer, says the team is “obviously sensitive to the economic realities faced by our fans.”

RAMS: St. Louis interviewed Minnesota Vikings defensive coordinator Leslie Frazier and Dallas Cowboys offensive coordinator Jason Garrett for its coaching job.

General manager Billy Devaney is interviewing five finalists in Los Angeles. He says he hopes to hire a coach before the Senior Bowl on Jan. 24.

MEGGETT: Several months after he was charged with raping a South Carolina woman, former NFL running back David Meggett was in jail on allegations of another sexual assault.

Meggett, 42, was arrested and charged with raping a 21-year-old woman in her North Charleston, S.C., home, authorities said.

The woman told police she woke up at 1 a.m. Tuesday and found a man she knew as “Mike” sitting on her bed, according to an incident report. The man demanded that she repay $200 she owed him and raped her when she said she didn’t have the money, police said.

Afterward, the man told her he was sorry and that she didn’t have to repay him. The woman drove herself to the hospital, where Meggett later met her and was arrested, according to police records.

SAINTS: Left tackle Jammal Brown was selected to the Pro Bowl as a replacement for injured Redskins tackle Chris Samuels.

IRVIN: Hall of Fame receiver Michael Irvin says he calmly chatted with a gunman in another vehicle after the armed passenger turned out to be a Dallas Cowboys fan.

Irvin, who was not harmed, says he was “very afraid.”

A Dallas police report says Irvin was stopped at a red light Monday night when two men in a truck pulled up next to him.

The driver rolled down his window, so Irvin did the same, thinking the two men recognized the radio talk show host and television commentator.

The passenger flashed a gun. Then the retired NFL star heard one of them call out his name and mentioned being a “huge Cowboy fan.”

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