Receiver to have MRI on Monday

Updated: December 20, 2004, 12:09 PM ET
Associated Press

PHILADELPHIA -- Eagles wide receiver Terrell Owens could miss at least one game with a sprained ankle.

Terrell Owens
Wide Receiver
Philadelphia Eagles
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2004 SEASON STATISTICS
Rec Yds TD Avg Long YAC
77 1200 14 15.6 59 400

Owens, who entered the weekend leading the NFL with 14 TD receptions, was forced out of Sunday's game against the Dallas Cowboys early in the third quarter.

"There's a pretty good chance he won't be out there," coach Andy Reid said after the Eagles' 12-7 win over the Cowboys. "The positive is, it's not broken. The negative is, it did swell up."

The Eagles play next Monday night at St. Louis and finish the season on Jan. 2 at home against Cincinnati. Philadelphia, which already has clinched home field throughout the playoffs, will have its first playoff game on Jan. 15 or 16.

Owens, who had two receptions for 24 yards on Sunday, will have an MRI on Monday.

Owens grabbed his right ankle when he was dragged down by Roy Williams on a 20-yard reception to open the third quarter. He hobbled around on the sideline, 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 the team-record 14 touchdowns.

Owens was not available for comment.

The Eagles (13-1) set a franchise record for regular-season victories and swept the NFC East for the first time in team history.

"We've been to the NFC championship without T.O.," said quarterback Donovan McNabb.

True, but the title-game failures of Philadelphia's receivers the past three years were a big reason why the Eagles traded for Owens.

If Owens doesn't return for either of the final two regular-season games, he'll finish one TD catch short of winning his bet with Reid that would have required the beefy coach to wear black spandex tights.

"I'm pretty sure coach Reid's relieved over that," linebacker Ike Reese said, smiling. "The big guy's not hurt, severely, and he doesn't have to worry about putting those tights on."


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