Friday, August 27, 2004

Quick Recap From Last Night

An undrafted rookie from North Carolina, Parker perhaps earned himself a roster spot with his performance.

``Looking at the other running backs out there who were drafted, I have a chip on my shoulder,'' Parker said.

Reno Mahe ran for a score and L.J. Smith and Greg Lewis had TD catches for the Eagles
After Jeff Blake connected with Lewis on a 14-yard TD pass to give the Eagles a 21-17 lead, the Steelers went ahead on Parker's 3-yard TD run early in the fourth quarter.

Terrell Owens, the Eagles' biggest offseason acquisition, didn't have a catch. His 41-yard TD reception in the first quarter was negated by a holding penalty on Tra Thomas. He later dropped a pass that hit him in the chest.

McNabb was 8-of-19 for 105 yards and one TD. Blake was 6-of-7 for 63 yards and one TD.

``We're not where we want to be right now,'' McNabb said. ``The exciting part is we're putting points up on the board. When we're doing that, you've got some positive things to look at.''

Wednesday, August 25, 2004

Friday Nights Preseason Game

Terrell Owens caught Donovan McNabb's long pass in stride, raced into the end zone, put his hands on his hips, stared at the crowd and nodded his head.

Take that, Ray Lewis.

McNabb and Owens connected on an 81-yard TD pass on Philadelphia's first play, and rookie J.R. Reed returned a kickoff 88 yards for a score, leading the Eagles over the Baltimore Ravens 26-17 in a preseason game Friday night.

``It was definitely something to make a statement,'' Owens said. ``It lets teams know why the Eagles brought me here.''

While preseason games usually attract little interest, most eyes focused on Owens and Lewis, who exchanged verbal jabs after the four-time Pro Bowl receiver spurned the Ravens, forcing a trade to the Eagles after the San Francisco 49ers initially dealt him to Baltimore. Upset by Owens' rejection, Lewis warned the outspoken receiver not to go across the middle. Owens responded by saying Lewis isn't the hardest hitter to play in the league. But the feud didn't live up to its hype as the players hardly crossed paths in just a half of work.

``We did come together and I told him I loved him and he told me he loved me,'' Owens said. ``Ray is my friend.''

Thursday, August 19, 2004

Injuries Update

It's become kind of a morbid guessing game at Philadelphia's practices the last couple of years -- who will be the next defensive player to go down with a serious injury?

Starting defensive end N.D Kalu was the latest casualty after a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee knocked him out for the season.
That means Derrick Burgess becomes the right end. While Kalu offers Burgess tips on being a starter, Burgess can tell Kalu all about rehabilitation -- he missed all but one game the last two years.
As Kalu was on Tuesday, Burgess was injured last season during a routine drill, which makes the injuries more difficult to accept or explain. They have happened mostly on the well-kept grass at the practice facility, not the concrete-like turf at the Eagles' old home, Veterans Stadium.

Of the 13 players on the injured list, 11 are on defense.

Pro Bowl safety Brian Dawkins has barely practiced because of a knee injury. Defensive tackle Sam Rayburn and Dhani Jones both limped around the locker room on crutches Wednesday with high ankle sprains. Defensive end Jerome McDougle only recently started contact drills after sitting out with an injured shoulder.

Defensive tackles Corey Simon (back) and Paul Grasmanis (ankle) have missed most of training camp. Linebacker Nate Wayne has been bothered by a sore hamstring.

Last season, the Eagles' lost Burgess and rookie defensive end Jamaal Green to season-ending injuries in the preseason. McDougle missed the first eight games, and Grasmanis and defensive tackle Hollis Thomas went down with season-ending injuries before the midpoint of the season.