Rested McNabb, Owens return to Eagles' practice field

Nfl Notes

September 23, 2005

Quarterback Donovan McNabb and receiver Terrell Owens both practiced for the Philadelphia Eagles yesterday after sitting out a day with injuries.

McNabb, who sat out one practice last week with a bruised chest, hurt his groin just before halftime against San Francisco. Owens has a nagging abdominal/groin injury.

Also, kicker David Akers, who was limited in practice Wednesday because of a hamstring injury, looked fine and kicked a field goal of about 55 yards.

Owens has been bothered by groin injuries for years and missed time during training camp.

Akers hurt his hamstring after a kickoff in the second quarter Sunday. Linebacker Mark Simoneau kicked one extra point, and third-string tight end Mike Bartrum kicked off before Akers returned.

"It's not going to be easy, but I think things were encouraging," Akers said. "It's better than what it was last Sunday, by far."

The Eagles signed Todd France to the practice squad Tuesday in case Akers isn't ready to play against the Raiders.

Falcons -- Michael Vick returned to practice for the first time since twice leaving the team's loss last week at Seattle with a tweaked left hamstring. Coach Jim Mora listed Vick as probable for Sunday's game at Buffalo. Vick, who walked without a limp, indicated his leg felt better as he strolled through the locker room after practice.

Colts -- Wide receivers Marvin Harrison and Reggie Wayne are both expected to be in the starting lineup when Indianapolis hosts the Browns on Sunday. Harrison sat out practice after hurting his wrist in Wednesday's workout, while Wayne dislocated a finger at practice Thursday.

Jets -- Running back Curtis Martin practiced and was upgraded to probable on the injury report. He has missed just four games in 11 seasons.

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