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Evil Dr. Len
12-19-2004, 06:58 PM
Eagles WR Owens limps off with ankle sprain

NFL.com wire reports

PHILADELPHIA (Dec. 19, 2004) -- Philadelphia star wide receiver Terrell Owens left the game against the Dallas Cowboys, limping off the field with a sprained ankle.

Owens had two receptions for 24 yards in the first half. He hobbled around the sideline early in the third quarter, then needed help to make it into the locker room for X-rays.

Owens entered the game with 75 catches for 1,176 yards and a team-record 14 touchdowns.

There was no word on his return.

Party Time
12-19-2004, 11:31 PM
i'd heard that there was no breaks or anything, so it doesn't sound too serious.

Party Time
12-20-2004, 04:06 PM
hmm, shows what i know:
PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Eagles star receiver Terrell Owens will miss the rest of the regular season and possibly the playoffs and Super Bowl because of a sprained right ankle, a devastating blow to the best team in the NFC.

Owens will have surgery Wednesday and stands only an outside shot at being able to play in the NFL's championship game on Feb. 6 -- if Philadelphia makes it that far -- head trainer Rick Burkholder said.

``I was looking forward to the playoffs, really trying to get this team to the Super Bowl,'' Owens said in a conference call. ``I think without me, still, they achieve that goal.''

Owens, whose touchdown celebrations and big plays made him an instant fan favorite, called some of his teammates with the news and told them he was sticking around for the playoff run.

``I'm behind them. I'm going to be their biggest cheerleader,'' Owens said.

Owens, who has 77 catches for 1,120 yards and a team-record 14 touchdowns, also has a fracture a few inches below his knee. But Burkholder still didn't rule out the chance that Owens would be able to run in five weeks -- the weekend of the NFC title game.

``There's a lot of hurdles that have to be taken on before he can ever get to that point,'' Burkholder said.

``The scenario I painted is the best-case scenario, but it is realistic,'' he said.

Owens was hurt on the second play of the third quarter of Philadelphia's win over Dallas on Sunday when he was dragged down from behind by Roy Williams on a 20-yard reception. Owens immediately grabbed the back of his leg, which was bent backward, but left the field on his own power.

The Eagles went on to win 12-7 and clinched home-field advantage through the NFC playoffs.

Tests revealed a high ankle sprain. A screw will be implanted to stabilize and strengthen the ankle joint.

Owens had an MRI at the Eagles complex Monday morning, and complained of pain in his lower leg. He then saw an ankle specialist in Baltimore.

``I went down there optimistic, hoping for the best, and I got the worst of news,'' Owens said. ``Things happen. You've just got to move on from it.''

Burkholder said the fracture is not as serious, and will be allowed to heal on its own.

``He's a great player, but can the offense go on? Absolutely,'' coach Andy Reid said Monday. ``We have some pretty good players on this offensive unit, so it'll still function and do very well this week.''

Owens has missed just seven games in his nine-year career. Acquired in an offseason trade, he has provided a spark to an offense that often stagnated late in the season -- even though Philadelphia made the NFC championship game the last three years without him.

Philadelphia plays next Monday night at St. Louis and finish the season on Jan. 2 at home against Cincinnati. Philadelphia will open the playoffs Jan. 15 or 16.

The Eagles' other starting wide receiver, Todd Pinkston, hurt his knee against the Cowboys and Reid said he was walking with a limp Monday.

Without Owens, the Eagles will be left with basically the same lackluster receiving corps that has disappeared when needed in the title games. Freddie Mitchell or Greg Lewis could join Pinkston as the other starting wideout. Those three have a combined 60 catches for 1,073 yards.

Reid said the Eagles will activate wide receiver Billy McMullen.

``Freddie's going to get his chances to make plays,'' Owens said. ``There shouldn't be any more excuses as to why he's not getting the ball. Now he gets his chance.''

In two playoff games last year, the Eagles had one touchdown catch from a wide receiver.

None of the wide receivers caught a pass in the second half of the Eagles' 12-7 win over the Cowboys.

The Eagles have already set a franchise record for regular-season victories. They've finished first in the conference three straight years, but couldn't take advantage of playing at home in the last two NFC championship games, losing to Tampa Bay and Carolina. The Eagles also lost in the NFC title game in 2002, in St. Louis.

``There's no reason for the city of Philadelphia to get down because I'm not there,'' Owens said. ``Obviously, my presence will be missed, but we have the guys to get it done.''

Diesel
12-20-2004, 05:34 PM
Cowboys may not make the playoffs but they just might have cost the Eagles a superbowl!

earl2
12-20-2004, 09:42 PM
I don't like to see anybody get hurt, but in this case I might make an exception...
Karma's gonna getcha... :eek:

Opus
12-21-2004, 12:03 AM
......also, never underestimate the Eagles ability to choke.....I almost hope they make it to the NFC finals again just to lose.......

Diesel
12-21-2004, 08:45 AM
Wouldn't that be a laugh!

Opus
12-21-2004, 09:18 AM
They're almost like the Buffalo Bills, except the Bills actually made it to the Super Bowl 5 years straight.....:lol:

Esks4ever
12-21-2004, 07:27 PM
That'll be a real downer for Eagle fans...