- The Washington Times - Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Jeremiah Trotter is back for a third run with the Philadelphia Eagles.

The four-time Pro Bowl linebacker signed a one-year contract Tuesday, returning to Philadelphia after spending a year out of the NFL.

The Eagles released quarterback Jeff Garcia to make room for Trotter. Garcia was signed as an emergency backup after Donovan McNabb cracked a rib in the season opener.

“I’m happy to be back in green,” Trotter said. “I was raised in those colors, in that system. I’m part of this city.”

The 32-year-old Trotter provides depth at middle linebacker behind Omar Gaither, who became the starter when Stewart Bradley tore his ACL in training camp.

Gaither replaced Trotter in 2007. Now Trotter could be taking some of his reps. Trotter said he expects to play on first and second downs.

“I look forward to contributing the first game,” he said.

The Eagles (2-1) are off this week and host Tampa Bay on Oct. 11.

COWBOYS: Running back Felix Jones has a sprained ligament in his left knee, and his status for the upcoming game at Denver will depend on how he feels this week.

Jones had an MRI after getting hurt during Dallas’ 21-7 victory over Carolina on Monday night. He ran eight times for 94 yards and had another 20 yards on a reception while making his first career start, replacing the injured Marion Barber.

Barber has a strained thigh and has a good chance of playing Sunday against the Broncos.

COLTS: Defensive end Dwight Freeney could miss two to three weeks with an injured right quadriceps, according to a report on ESPN.com.

The story cited an unnamed league source.

Colts spokesman Craig Kelley said the team would not provide a more detailed injury report until Wednesday. Freeney’s agent, Gary Wichard, did not respond to e-mails sent by the Associated Press.

Freeney was injured on the last play of the third quarter of Sunday’s victory over Arizona. He walked to the locker room, and team president Bill Polian said Monday night that Freeney said “if he could walk, he could play.”

DOLPHINS: Chad Pennington’s season officially ended with a trade that didn’t involve him.

Miami placed Pennington on injured reserve to create a roster spot for quarterback Tyler Thigpen, who was acquired from Kansas City for an undisclosed draft pick.

Pennington hurt his right shoulder Sunday at San Diego, an injury that leaves his career in jeopardy. At 33, he likely faces a third operation on the shoulder since 2005.

Thigpen shores up depth behind second-year pro Chad Henne, who is expected to make his first NFL start Sunday against Buffalo.

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