McNabb, Owens return to Eagles' practice

Updated: September 22, 2005, 4:13 PM ET
Associated Press

PHILADELPHIA -- Donovan McNabb and Terrell Owens both practiced for the Philadelphia Eagles on Thursday after sitting out a day with injuries.

McNabb, who sat out one practice last week with a bruised chest, hurt his groin right 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 booted 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. Linebacker Mark Simoneau kicked one extra point and third-string tight end Mike Bartrum kicked off before Akers returned to make the rest of the kicks. Akers kicked off on Thursday.

"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 on Tuesday in case Akers isn't ready to play against the Raiders.

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