Owens' ankle injury on the same leg he broke last year

Updated: November 3, 2005, 10:43 AM ET
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Receiver Terrell Owens has told the Eagles that his availability for two key NFC East games against the Redskins and Cowboys is in jeopardy because of a sprained ankle he sustained against the Broncos in Denver on Sunday, sources have told ESPN's Chris Mortensen.

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2005 SEASON STATISTICS
Rec Yds TD Avg Long YAC
47 763 6 16.2 91 337

Owens sprained the ankle, the same one on which he had surgery last year, in the loss Sunday to Denver and limped around the locker room after the game.

"He is hurting," coach Andy Reid said. "He is sore. It's going to be a fight to get him there for Sunday. We're taking it day by day. He's made progress the last couple of days."

Owens is considered doubtful, meaning he has a 25 percent chance of playing against the Redskins.

The All-Pro receiver broke his right leg at the end of last season, missing the final two regular-season games and the NFC playoffs before returning for the Super Bowl.

Quarterback Donovan McNabb, who has put off surgery for a sports hernia, bruised a rib against the Broncos, and also missed practice Wednesday. McNabb complained of soreness and stiffness, but said he'll play Sunday in Washington.

McNabb was injured when he fell on offensive lineman Shawn Andrews.

"I'm looking forward to it getting better and better each day and getting back out on the field," McNabb said. "It's the walking wounded, but, hey, it feels great."

Defensive end Jevon Kearse is questionable with a shoulder injury.

The Eagles also put punter Dirk Johnson on injured reserve and signed rookie Reggie Hodges, a sixth-round pick of St. Louis who punted in five games for the Rams.

Three-time Pro Bowler David Akers could return to kick field goals against the Redskins. Akers hasn't played since tearing a hamstring earlier this season against Oakland.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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